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    Default Michael Flynn, Inovo and Erdogan

    Michael Flynn worked on Trump’s campaign, before having to resign after a total of 24 days as Trump’s National Security Advisor over his connection with Russia.
    I’ll not go over Russia again. But Turkey is getting ever more interesting!!!

    While Flynn worked on Trump’s campaign, he was a highly paid agent for the Turkish government, receiving $535,000 between 9 September and 14 November 2016.
    Flynn has admitted this and last June filed paperwork to retroactively declare himself as a foreign agent.

    CIA Director James Woolsey — who was an advisor to Flynn’s company — testified that during the campaign, Flynn attended a meeting with ministers from the Turkish government. In this meeting they discussed (illegally) kidnapping enemies of Turkish President Erdogan — including Fethullah Gülen, who survives in exile in Pennsylvania after the Turkish government accused him of masterminding the failed coup against Erdogan last summer: https://extranewsfeed.com/from-russi...l-4d027411bcc5


    Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was lobbying for the Dutch consulting firm Inovo BV, with ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before and immediately after the election.
    Flynn’s firm secretly met with Turkish ministers in New York less than two months before the presidential election. According to Inovo’s founder, Kamil Ekim Alptekin, the meeting was with Michael Flynn himself.

    On Election Day, Flynn published an article in The Hill, a newspaper serving Congress, where he called Gulen “a shady Islamic mullah” and “radical Islamist”. According to Flynn, the USA shouldn't provide "safe haven" to Gülen, whom Flynn compared to Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.
    Flynn compared Gülen’s supporters to “the Muslim Brotherhood”.

    Flynn wrote: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-turkey-235843
    To professionals in the intelligence community, the stamp of terror is all over Mullah Gulen’s statements. Gulen’s vast global network has all the right markings to fit the description of a dangerous sleeper terror network. From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden.
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    How long will it take before the “next” will be fired to cover up this story?
    Meanwhile I will try to describe what I’ve found out about Inovo.

    Let’s start with the excuse of Trump and co of “we didn’t know”…
    On 9 august 2016, Michael Flynn signs a contract with the “Dutch” Inovo. Flynn’s company, Flynn Intel Group, will be paid $600,000 for 3 months.
    On 19 September, Flynn and Alptekin meet in New York with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak (married to the daughter of President Erdogan). The same day, Flynn and Trump also meet the president of Egypt.
    On 30 September, Flynn Intel Group registers as a lobbyist for Inovo.
    On 10 October, Flynn meets in New York with Turkish leaders connected to the Turkish government, including Erdogan’s cousin, Hilal Mutlu.

    On November 11, Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, is the first to publish about the Turkish ties of Flynn.
    On November 15, the Washington Post reports that Flynn didn’t tell the Trump campaign about his ties to Turkey. This was based on the first public comment from Trump’s aides, that they’re aware of the Flynn-Turkey connection.
    On 18 November, Rep. Elijah Cummings, sends Vice President–elect Mike Pence a letter of warning:
    Recent news reports have revealed that Lt. Gen. Flynn was receiving classified briefings during the presidential campaign while his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., was being paid to lobby the U.S. Government on behalf of a foreign government’s interests. Lt. Gen. Flynn’s General Counsel and Principal, Robert Kelley, confirmed that they were hired by a foreign company to lobby for Turkish interests.
    On 9 December 2016, 2 senators ask for a review of Flynn’s security clearance because he has been lobbying for Turkish interests.

    Sometime after Trump’s inauguration, Flynn and his attorney have at least 2 conversations with White House lawyers, where Flynn is told that it’s “up to him” whether he registers as a foreign agent.
    On 22 January 2017, Flynn is sworn in as national security adviser.
    On 13 February, Flynn resigns - reportedly over misinforming Pence over his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
    On 7 March, Flynn Intel Group retroactively registers as a foreign agent. It’s a criminal offence that he didn’t register as a “foreign agent” in the first place. I wouldn’t dare claim that Donald Trump was an accomplice to this: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...onnection.html

    Sally Q. Yates testified in May that she had warned the White House days after Trump took office that Flynn had been compromised by not making a full disclosure of his Kislyak contacts. Yates was fired a few days after this warning, reportedly over refusing to defend the travel ban.
    On 8 May 2017, soon after Yates’ testimony, Sean Spicer confirmed that Barack Obama in November warned Donald Trump against hiring Flynn. According to Spicer, Obama only mentioned general criticisms: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ussia-contacts


    More information on the description by former CIA director James Woolsey about the meeting in which the kidnapping of Gulen was discussed: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/25/po...ntv/index.html
    What I saw and heard was sort of the end of the conversation -- it's not entirely clear what transpired because of that. But it looks as if there was at least some strong suggestion by one or more of the Americans present at the meeting that we would be able, the United States would be able, through them, to be able to get hold of Gulen, the rival for Turkey's political situation.
    (…)
    The reason I'm being cautious about how this was worded is because I wasn't there for much of this meeting.
    In an interview with the Dutch newspaper NRC in April, Alptekin understandably denied discussing the abduction of Gulen.
    Alptekin claimed that he had first tried to hire Woolsey, who demanded $10 million for lobbying on behalf of Turkey. But because he found these demands too high, he switched to Michael Flynn for half a million dollar for less than 3 months (work?!).
    The NRC unfortunately forgot to mention that Woolsey worked for Flynn’s company (in Dutch): https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/04/07...13344-a1553744


    The Dutch firm Inovo BV, was founded in 2005 by the Dutch Turk Kamil Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkish-US Business Council TAIK, of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, whose members are chosen by Turkey’s general assembly and economic minister.
    About the other founder of Inovo, Ruben David Boezaart, I haven’t got anything worth mentioning.

    (The Dutch) Inovo BV is a front organization for Inovo Turkije, which profits from contracts with the Turkish government.
    Flynn Intel Group signed a contract with Inovo BV on 15 September. The contract requires Flynn to lobby on appropriations bills for the departments of State and Defense. Flynn’s duties also include keeping his client informed about “the transition between President Obama and President-Elect Trump”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-..._13013248.html

    TAIK (DEIK) was involved in organising Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Washington in March (?) 2016. Erdogan was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavusoglu, Minister of Economy Mustafa Elitas, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, President of ISPAT Arda Ermut, and Turkish Airlines CEO Ilker Ayci.
    Erdogan and crooks, met President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry as well as top executive crooks of Coca-Cola, Lockheed, Dow Chemical, Boeing, Citibank, Honeywell, Baxalta, Boston Scientific, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pratt&Whitney, Baker McKenzie, General Electric, Westinghouse and Raytheon: http://www.invest.gov.tr/en-US/infoc...companies.aspx

    Alptekin denied that he had hired Flynn’s firm to do any lobbying, which contradicts Flynn Intel Group’s disclosures to the Justice Department.
    Alptekin first denied being consulted about the 8 November publication, in which Gulen was compared to Osama Bin Laden, but later admitted that he had seen the draft.


    Then the plot thickens...
    Alptekin said Inovo had been hired by an Israeli energy company that is considering an investment in Turkey. He hired Flynn’s company after he wasn’t happy with the first company he had hired: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...-alptekin.html
    Alptekin said:
    Raising money for a multibillion project of this scope necessitates improving relations between Turkey and the United States, and Gulen is obviously a big thorn. He needs to be extracted.
    An American law firm representing Alptekin, says:
    Inovo represented a private sector company in Israel that sought to export natural gas to Turkey, and it was for support of its consulting work for this client that Inovo engaged Flynn Intel Group, specifically to understand the tumultuous political climate at the time between the United States and Turkey so that Inovo could advise its client regarding its business opportunities and investment in Turkey.
    Some reporters couldn’t figure out which Israeli energy company paid Inovo to hire Flynn...
    In the interview with the NRC, Alptekin said the funds for the Flynn project came from payments from Ratio Oil Exploration, an Israeli natural gas company (and supposedly a “loan from his wife”).
    An Israeli news station in March contacted Ratio Oil Exploration, but the firm said it had no relationship with Alptekin: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...rkey-alptekin/

    Why would an Israeli gas company bribe the US government to get rid of Gulen?
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    Default Delek, Noble, and Leviathan

    It appears that the whole affair is about gas (and/or oil), and includes Israel, Turkey, Egypt, and Russia.

    The Delek Group, run by billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva - one of the largest companies in Israel - is the parent company of Derek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration.
    Ratio Oil Exploration is controlled by the Landau and Rotlevy families.
    On 31 March 2013, Israel’s giant Tamar natural gas field came on line, delivering its gas by a 150 kilometre pipeline to a power station in Ashdod, just south of Tel Aviv.
    Houston-based Noble Energy and their Israeli partner Delek have also partnered in exploring an even larger gas field, named Leviathan (one of the 4 crown princes of hell...), which is expected to come on line in 2017.

    Noble has increased their political contributions from $4,500 in 2004 to $317,000 in 2012, and paid over a million dollars a year since 2010 to US officials in the capitol.

    When Israel increased its energy tax in 2010, Noble enlisted former US President Bill Clinton, to lobby the Israeli government on Noble’s behalf.
    In March 2013, Obama was in Israel with his new Secretary of State, John Kerry, where they pushed for Israel and Turkey to mend ties.
    Another key US operative is Mathew Bryza, Morningstar’s former deputy in the Clinton Administration, who served in the George W. Bush administration in both the National Security Council and State Department. From 2010 through 2011, Bryza sat in the oil rich Baku as the unconfirmed US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
    After leaving the State Department, Bryza joined the board of the Turkish gas company Turcas Petrol, connected to Azerbaijan’s state oil company, SOCAR. In April 2013, SOCAR was awarded a contract by the Turkish government to explore for oil and gas in Turkish waters.

    The Zorlu group, one of the largest companies in Turkey, has negotiated since at least February 2013 to build a pipeline from the Israeli gas fields to Turkey.
    Zorlu has interests in a variety of industries, including textiles, electronics, and real estate. Zorlu in 2016 signed a deal with the Turkish army for 6 drone aircrafts.
    In 2013, Zorlu had a billion dollar stake in the Israeli economy, partnering in multiple Israeli power plants (including the Dorad station in Ashkelon): https://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06...-gas-in-syria/


    In December 2014, the Israeli Antitrust Authority broke up the consortium of Noble and Delek.
    The decision means that the 2 energy companies had to sell their shares in either the Leviathan or Tamar field, or break up the consortium: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-...rgy-companies/


    More on Kamil Ekim Alptekin, founding director of the front company Inovo BV.
    Not only is Alptekin working for a giant Israeli energy company, very close to the Turkish government and well-connected in Washington DC, but there are also rumours that he could be secretly working on behalf of the Russian government.
    That’s not even counting that he also has ties in the Netherlands where he grew up, before returning to Turkey (he still regularly comes to the Netherlands).

    After studying law and economics at Utrecht University, he won a nine-month fellowship to work as a staffer in the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.
    In a letter, former President George W. Bush, described meeting Alptekin as one of the highlights of a visit to the Netherlands.
    After that, Alptekin spent a year as a staffer at the Dutch Parliament before a one-year fellowship at Interpol in Lyon, France.

    In 2005, he started providing counterterrorism equipment and consulting services to the Turkish government.
    In 2008, Alptekin and a partner bought a New Mexico-based aircraft manufacturer, and renamed it EA Aerospace.
    In 2009, through a mutual friend, Alptekin met Iranian-American Bijan Rafiekian. Rafiekian would later become a partner at Flynn Intel Group. Rafiekian also served on the board of EA Aerospace.

    On 28 June, 2016, Inovo BV signed a deal to become the sole Turkish representative of the Israeli Ratio Oil Exploration, one of three companies with the right to drill in the Leviathan gas field.
    Alptekin needed someone in Washington to help him on Ratio, and on 9 August 2016, hired Rafiekian and Flynn’s firm.
    Alptekin initially said that he had hired Flynn’s company solely for the Ratio deal, and paid for this himself. It’s not clear what giving Gulen more media attention has to do with Delek.
    According to Turkish journalist Ilhan Tanir, it’s highly unlikely that Alptekin came up with the half a million dollars to hire Flynn’s firm himself: “Spending half a million dollars on this kind of issue doesn’t add up for a businessman. The rumor is that he’s not that wealthy of a man”.

    There is also a discrepancy between Flynn’s federal filings, about the return of $80,000 of the initial $530,000 fee. Flynn described this as a consultancy fee, while Alptekin described it as a refund for unfulfilled lobbying work.

    Alptekin, as a guest on CNN’s Turkish edition, called Trump’s victory in the presidential election a triumph for Turkey and boasted about the Flynn article (to give Gulen more media attention).
    Alptekin has repeatedly met Erdogan since 2002. In late April 2017, they shook hands at an Atlantic Council forum in Istanbul: https://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudarag...kyK#.pxJkrZE2X

    The following picture shows Alptekin (centre) wearing a Ratio Oil Exploration badge, on the left Namik Tan of Ratio (former Turkish ambassador to Israel and the US), and right Aron Liel (former Israeli envoy to Turkey). This was at the Israel Energy and Business Convention in November 2016.


    I don’t believe at all that Fethullah Gulen is the enemy of Erdogan (even the state media admit he was Erdogan’s ally until 2013). I think that Gulen is an example of controlled opposition.
    Being declared the most important “enemy” of Erdogan and comparing him to Osama Bin Laden (a comparison that I agree with...) and Ayatollah Khomeini gives him the credibility he doesn’t deserve.

    See for example, the following article from Gulen’s website, where he declares that only a “state” can “declare war”. If I follow this type of reasoning, Gulen implies that Muslims have to bow down to the government (even if it violates our human rights): http://fgulen.com/en/fethullah-gulen...rorist-attacks
    The rules of Islam are clear. Individuals cannot declare war. A group or an organization cannot declare war. War is declared by the state. War cannot be declared without a president or an army first saying that there is a war. Otherwise, it is an act of terror. In such a case war is entered into by gathering around oneself, forgive my language, a few bandits.
    And let’s not forget about Michael Flynn, here he is with Vladimir Putin.
    Last edited by Firestarter; 08-07-2017 at 08:58 AM. Reason: Ratio not part of Delek Group
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    Default Genie Energy and the Golan Heights

    Nobody would pay Michael Flynn half a million dollar for a single article to boost the credibility of Fethullah Gulen. Why would a Dutch Turk pay half a million dollar for high politicians in the USA to influence Turkish government on behalf of an Israeli energy company? It doesn’t look like the USA has much influence in Turkey.
    On the other hand Kamil Ekim Alptekin is also well-connected in the Netherlands, the biggest foreign investor in Turkey, while every year tens of thousands of (Dutch) Turks migrate between Turkey and the Netherlands and back.
    Then there’s the article in the highly respected Dutch newspaper NRC, which published an interview with Alptekin, without a single critical note. Alptekin is apparently a pathological liar, who contradicts himself over and over again.

    It looks like we have an affair that involves: Turkey, Israel, Russia, the USA, Michael Flynn and James Woolsey. This sounds a lot like Syria: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...=1#post6482860

    Robert James "Jim" Woolsey Jr. (born 1941) is another lawyer and former Director of the CIA (1993 – 1995). Woolsey studied at the world famous Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and later at Yale Law School.
    Woolsey was involved in treaty negotiations, START and NST, with the Soviet Union from 1983 to 1986. He worked as a professional lawyer for the Shea & Gardner law firm, as Associate (1973–77) and partner (1979–89, 1991–93).
    Woolsey is also Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton for Global Strategic Security (since 2002).
    He is also a Patron of the British “think tank” Henry Jackson Society and a member of PNAC.
    In July 2011, Woolsey and Robert McFarlane founded the United States Energy Security Council and sits on the Board of Advisors for the Fuel Freedom Foundation (FFF - 666).
    In September 2016, Woolsey became a senior adviser to Donald Trump, he resigned on 5 January 2017: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._James_Woolsey_Jr.

    Strangely missing from his Wikipedia page is that James Woolsey is also an investor in Genie Energy and sits on its Strategic Advisory Board, while also sadly ignored that he was an advisor for Flynn Intel Group …
    Other investors on Genie’s Strategic Advisory Board of Genie are: Baron Jacob Rothschild, Dick Cheney, and Rupert Murdoch.

    Australian born media mogul Murdoch owns the FOX Broadcasting Company and was (also) schooled at Oxford. He has been friends with Baron Jacob Rothschild since the 1960s. Rothschild served as deputy chairman of Murdoch's BSkyB Corporation from 2003 to 2007.
    Murdoch jointly with Rothschild invested in a 5.5% stake in Genie, which conducts shale gas and oil exploration in amongst others Colorado and the occupied Golan Heights.
    According to Forbes, Murdoch is the 96th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $13.1 billion.
    In June 2016, Donald Trump welcomed Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall for dinner at his golf course in Scotland.


    In 2015, Ira Greenstein donated $10,000 to Trump’s campaign. Greenstein was Genie’s President from 15 December 2011 to 3 May 2017.
    John Sweeney conducted interviews to choose applicants for the Trump administration with 3 transition team members: Ira Greenstein (president of Genie Energy Ltd.), Anthony Scaramucci (Goldman Sachs alumnus), and Martin Silverstein (US ambassador to Uruguay under President George Bush Jr.).
    Democrats have also sat on the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie, like Shelley Berkley: https://animeright.news/zanting/geni...administration

    Rupert Murdoch and his ex-wife, the Chinese born Wendi Deng, are also very close to the couple Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (advisors to President Trump). See the picture of Jared and Rupert.


    Michael Anton launched his career as a speechwriter and press secretary for New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, before joining Bush’s White House in 2001, and becoming a speechwriter for Rupert Murdoch at News Corp.
    Anton then moved into the financial sector, first as director of communications for Citigroup, then as a managing director at the BlackRock investment firm. BlackRock was founded in 1988 by Jacob Rothschild’s investment firm the Blackstone Group. According to the state media, from 1994 on BlackRock is independent from its parent company Blackstone.

    Now we finally reach why Genie is important.
    Since 2013, the Netanyahu government has granted exclusive oil and gas exploration rights to the oil company Afek Energy in a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights (illegally occupied by Israel since 1967).

    Genie Oil & Gas has 2 main subsidiaries:
    - Afek Oil & Gas, operates in Israel and is currently drilling in the Golan Heights.
    - American Shale Oil, is a joint project with the French Total SA, and operates in Colorado’s Green River Formation.
    Afek’s director is former Israeli Housing Minister Effie Eitam.

    Then there’s K.T. McFarland, Deputy National Security Adviser (first under Michael Flynn), before being “promoted” to US ambassador to Singapore, which was (finally) confirmed on 20 July 2017.
    McFarland was an aide to Henry Kissinger during the Nixon administration on the National Security Council from 1970 to 1976.
    It appears that the whole war on Syria, from all sides (Israel, USA, Russia and Turkey) is mostly about the oil interests of Genie Energy: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2016/05/07...srael-project/

    In July 2011, oil shale was also found in the Israeli Shfela valley, and the Israeli Energy Initiative (IEI) (also a subsidiary of Genie Energy) was granted the drilling rights.
    Royal Dutch Shell has developed the technology for the shale oil industry.
    IEI has “enlisted” some of the top people in the global oil industry including Dick Cheney (who’s on the Strategic Advisory Board of its parent company Genie) to exploit shale oil from the Shfela Basin. The most important person is Harold Vinegar, Shell Oil’s chief scientist, who revolutionised the shale oil industry: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/12/21/281848/
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    Appreciate your in-depth posting on this.

    I'll just add that Flynn (himself) is very much under the intense microscope of the Mueller investigation (and well he should be.)

    I'm no 'fan' of Mueller by a long shot
    but
    one needs to recognize (as Swordsmyth sez) 'there are no good guys.'
    Mueller and his 'team' will be obliged to divulge 'whatever they find'
    and they're digging DEEP into Fllynn's 'pay to play' establishment cronyism.
    That's a good thing.

    This article provides an 'arms length' analysis that suggests
    (despite the media dominant 'Trump witchhunt' narrative)
    that there may be some unexpected surprises ahead.
    Flynn may be one of them.
    Last edited by goldenequity; 08-05-2017 at 11:16 AM.

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    Thanks for the nice words.
    At first I thought that the Russia scandal was very interesting, and then I thought that the Turkey link was even better. It looks like it’s really about some multi-billion affairs, which definitely involves the Leviathan gas field, and the American Noble and Israeli Ratio and Delek companies.
    I don’t believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will do anything else than cover up the scandal. Maybe Michael Flynn will get a slip on the wrist, while the big criminals (like Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch) won’t even be mentioned.

    The value of all the revenues from the Leviathan field is estimated at $100-150 billion (at current prices).

    It looks like the whole Genie Energy affair is a media hype, at least the part about Afek, the Golan Heights, and Syria. The shale oil extraction method (fracking) is not proven technology. The Genie Strategic Advisory Board with Rothschild, Cheney and Murdoch and the connection to Donald Trump is certainly interesting …
    Afek is an anagram for “fake”; it could even be an inside joke that “Afek Energy” stands for “Fake energy”.
    For example the oil shale powered plant at Mishor Rotem started operating in 1978. The plant was closed in 2011, mainly because it made negligible profits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_shale_in_Israel
    In July 2011, Israel Energy Initiatives, a subsidiary of Genie Energy, received a one-year extension of its three year exclusive license to explore oil shale resources on 238 square kilometres (92 sq mi) in Israel's Shfela region.[12][13] The project is suspended. In May 2011, the Russian energy company Inter RAO announced that it had received a license to develop oil shale resources in the Negev desert. The company was said to be planning an oil extraction plant and a 150 MW oil shale-fired power plant.[14][15][16] The license ended on 9 April 2012 and was not renewed.
    It looks like shale oil is not a multibillion dollar business. It’s interesting to figure out what is happening on the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie Energy, even more because it’s not about shale oil:
    https://genieoilgas.com/about-us/str...dvisory-board/
    Another interesting name on its Strategic Advisory Board is former Louisiana Senator (1996 to 2014) Mary Landrieu.
    When Mary Landrieu was a Senator, she was actively promoting the interests of 2 American oil and gas companies operating in Israel. These same firms, Noble and Genie, donated campaign money to Landrieu.

    Genie Energy, under the nose of the valley’s local inhabitants, clandestinely set up its rigs, at times even masking as “water drillers” when questioned by local residents. Water looks like a more important objective than shale oil...


    In 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry held $1 million of Noble’s stock.
    In October 2011, shortly after the large gas find, Landrieu organized and led the first-ever official US Energy Mission to Israel. Six months later, Landrieu hosted Israeli officials, academics, and business people in Louisiana.
    After another 4 months, Landrieu travelled to Israel again with the second US Energy Mission. This trip included Noble executives and US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro. After a tour of one of the Noble’s offshore rigs, she met leading Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Two weeks after Landrieu and crooks visited Israel, Noble hired Louisiana lobbying firm Sabiston Consultants. Norma Jane Sabiston, the firm’s founder and owner, is Landrieu’s long-time friend and former Chief of Staff in the Senate.

    Four months after Landrieu lost her seat as Louisiana Senator, she was hired by Washington legal and lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman. Landrieu’s first client was Noble Energy and in September 2015 she joined the Strategic Advisory Board of Genie Energy: https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/02/0...nd-gas-bonanza


    What to do when a company is forced to get out of a lucrative deal, like the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, because of “monopoly rules”?
    Noble Energy sold a 3% stake of Tamar in 2016.
    Delek must sell its entire 31.25% stake in Tamar. As a first step in this process, Delek Drilling set up a new company, Tamar Petroleum, which will buy a 9.25% stake in the Tamar field with $650 million and list on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Tamar Petroleum is expected to raise more than $500 million in its IPO.
    The J.P. Morgan and HSBC banks are handling the public offering of Tamar Petroleum: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/22/reut...mar-stake.html

    While the Delek Group has created another company for its stake in the Tamar gas field, 2 other parts of the company - Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration – will merge into a “new entity” that would have a market value of around $4.4 billion (they’re already part of the same Delek Group).
    In November 2016, Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration have signed commitment letters, for a loan between $1.5 and $1.75 billion for the A1 development phase of the Leviathan field. The loans are provided by a consortium of 20 financial institutions, headed by HSBC and J.P. Morgan Chase. The weighted average interest rate on the loans is 5.5% annually. The interest cost on these loans is estimated at $250-300 million over the life of the loans.
    The first gas sales are expected for the end of 2019: http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-Ne...S44B-Firm.html

    In another deal, going back to 2012, all the Leviathan partners - Noble, Delek and Ratio Oil Exploration- have sold to Woodside. Noble Energy received cash payments of $464 million.
    Citigroup Global Markets Ltd and HSBC advised Noble Energy on the transaction: http://investors.nblenergy.com/relea...leaseid=724359


    Texas-based Noble Energy, owns 39.7% of the Leviathan field; Yitzhak Tshuva’s Delek Group holds 45.4%; and Ratio Oil Exploration, which is controlled by the Landau and Rotlevy families, holds 15%.
    A government analysis estimates the field at 500 billion cubic meters of gas, while the partners estimate it at 620 BCM (a difference of almost 25%).

    In December 2016, Ratio signed an agreement for a $400 million loan from HSBC and BNP Paribas. In addition, Ratio issued a series of bonds to raise $160 million to serve as its own equity for the project, and has raised $250 million.

    Noble will finance its $1.5 billion contribution to phase one with cash flows from the Tamar gas field, as well as proceeds from the east Mediterranean portfolio. This includes the sale of 7.5% of the Tamar field.

    The biggest customer for the gas from Leviathan is expected to be Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). In September 2016, a contract was signed with NEPCO for 45 BCM over 15 years for $10 billion.
    The Leviathan partners have also signed contracts with Israeli customers.
    At later stages, Leviathan is planned to link up with the neighbouring Cypriot gas field, Aphrodite, in which Noble, Delek Drilling and Avner also have stakes.

    There are also oil reserves in Leviathan, estimated at 560 million barrels: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.774036

    After 2019, it is planned to also sell gas to other customers in the Mediterranean basin. The 2 main possibilities are: 1) business customers in Turkey, which now import most of its natural gas from Iran and Russia, and 2) international energy companies like BG and Royal Dutch Shell that have natural gas liquefaction plants in Egypt and could ship Israeli gas to Europe in tankers.
    In June 2014, it was announced that the Leviathan partners signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with BG Group (BG), which confirmed their intention of conducting negotiations on an agreement for the sale of natural gas to BG's liquefaction plant in Idku in Egypt.
    The deal is worth $30 billion: http://adam.curry.com/art/1404080892_hFcyNqan.html

    When I read about these multibillions loans, mergers and IPO’s, this looks like a great chance for money laundering. Not in the least since the giant money laundering bank HSBC is involved: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...=1#post6470593
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  8. #7

    Default Organised crime, mafia, KGB, and Donald Trump

    I feared that this thread was getting too boring: not enough headline grabbers. The trail goes from Turkey to Israel, to the Mafia, back to Turkey, then to Russia, and back to Donald Trump again...

    GLOBUS – ORGANISED CRIME
    In 2011, construction company Globus and Ratio were in business together. Then their relationship went sour, and they accused each other of blackmail using organized crime kingpins.
    Globus owner Shlomi Shukrun, who had invested in Ratio, claims that the arbitration agreement with Ratio was conducted amid threats from crime kingpin Meir Abergil.
    Yigal Landau, CEO of Ratio Oil Exploration, claims that Shukrun hired Yehezkel of the Georgian mob to extort him and his family.

    Globus and Ratio hired Asaf Bram, to lead the arbitration to solve their dispute.
    In eight months they reached an arbitration agreement. The agreement stipulated that the sums involved would be limited to 6 million NIS. With the sudden rise of Ratio’s share price, Shukrun felt he had been fooled.
    Shukrun filed a law suit to overturn the arbitration agreement, after which the police started an investigation into the affair. Globus claims that Asaf Bram had treated the parties unequally and blocked them from proving their claims.
    Ratio called the suit part of a multi-year extortion attempt.
    In legal documents, a series of threats are alleged by Abergil, Yehezkel and Aharon Avitan (brother of the deceased crime boss and convicted murderer Herzl Avitan), as well as Shalom Domrani, head of the biggest crime organization in southern Israel.

    Abergil and his brother were in an Israeli prison awaiting extradition to the USA to face a 32-count federal indictment: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition...ation-1.318976


    DAVID ZAIKIN & ELENA BARONOFF
    The Ukraine-born Dmitri “David” Zaikin, left the Soviet Union in 1990. He subsequently became a Canadian citizen and now lives in London.
    In the 2000s, Zaikin worked for a real estate agency in Toronto, Canada, where he promoted sales in the Trump International Hotel and Tower. He marketed properties to Russian buyers.
    Zaikin was also close with the Russian woman Elena A. Baronoff, who was called “Trump’s Russian hand’’.

    Zaikin helped the governor of the western Siberian province of Kurgan, who reported to Putin, attract Western investors for energy exploration and infrastructure.
    Zaikin and several colleagues from the Siberian Energy Group became directors or shareholders of a mining company called RAM Resources, later named First Iron Group. First Iron’s board included the deputy chairman of Russian state bank VEB, who had been Putin’s deputy chief of staff.

    After working in residential real estate and the Russian energy sector, Zaikin became an adviser to the ruling parties in Turkey, Albania and Macedonia. He helped them to set up lobbying in the United States. Zaikin facilitated deals for the Macedonian political party VMRO-DPMNE.
    A consulting firm that Zaikin and Geoffrey Cowley started, advertised Zaikin as having “a network of contacts with senior executives and top government officials and Presidents in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Albania, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, [and] Romania”.

    Around the time Zaikin was getting more involved in Eastern European and American politics, he and his wife repeatedly met with Elena Baronoff, who worked with the Trump Organisation to sell condos in Florida. Starting in 2004, Baronoff was Trump’s on-site director of customer relations for the Trump Grande near Miami.
    Baronoff fell ill while travelling to Turkey in 2014 and was diagnosed with leukaemia. She died in 2015.
    Two years before she died, Baronoff worked on a $28 million Manhattan real estate deal with Turkish President Erdogan’s son and son-in-law, according to hacked emails published by WikiLeaks: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-client-239974

    In 2008, Zaikin made a deal with an ex-KGB oligarch involved in the state oil company Gazprom. Zaikin’s company “sold” the oligarch a 2.5% stake in its subsidiary, KNG, at a suspicious low price. The shares were sold at a price that would value KNG at a total of $400, while less than two years earlier it had been bought for $2.7 million.

    In 2006, Alptekin bought a stake in the New Mexico jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation. In September 2008, Eclipse announced plans to build a $205 million factory in Russia financed by Russian state bank Vnesheconombank, whose board was chaired by Putin (then Prime Minister).
    Alptekin and his partners planned to buy out the company with financing from the Putin-chaired bank, after this had been approved (by Putin) the deal fell through. Instead Alptekin and partners bought the company’s assets for $40 million and renamed it to Eclipse Aerospace. Later it declared assets of almost $1.1 billion.

    Starting around 2015, Zaikin helped pro-Turkish groups to lobby in the USA. Zaikin asked John Moreira to help set up the Turkish Heritage Organization and another non-profit called the Turkish Institute for Progress.
    WikiLeaks published emails, showing that the Turkish Heritage Organization reported to Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak and other Turkish officials about lobbying in Washington.
    Alptekin acknowledged that he has attended events and met with leaders of the Turkish Heritage Organization: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-russia-237550


    Elena Baronoff was a former Russian Spy. She had originally come to USA as a “Cultural Attaché in Public Diplomacy for the Russian Government”, a title used in the 1980’s by Russian spies that infiltrated business circles.
    Her job was to introduce Russians from all over the world to the Trump organization — to help them launder their money by buying real estate.
    Reuters Reported that many people involved in Putin’s government bought real estate in Sunny Isles, but didn’t report them, to hide these money laundering activities.

    Three buyers of real estate were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organised crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia. One of them was even arrested for running a gambling and money laundering ring in the Trump tower in Manhattan: http://ania.com/2017/05/19/exclusive...launder-money/

    See, Donald Jr. with the pink tie, Michael Dezer, who worked on Trump projects, in the blue sweater, Ivanka, Eric Trump with the blue tie, and Elena Baronoff on the far right.



    Why would the “independent” Wikipedia delete the page on the well-connected Dutch Turkish lawyer Kamil Ekim Alptekin?
    Here is the archived page: http://deletionpedia.org/en/Kamil_Ekim_Alptekin
    Do NOT ever read my posts.
    Google and Yahoo wouldn’t block them without a very good reason.

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    Wikileaks has published the mailbox of Turkish President Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak.
    I’ve searched for interesting emails in the Wikileaks archive, I don’t know if it’s worth to post...

    Here’s the 24 June 2013 mail from Elena Baronoff about the $28 million Manhattan real estate deal.
    It was forwarded to Halil Danismaz of the Turkish Heritage Organization, who forwarded it to President Erdogan’s son Bilal Erdogan and Albayrak: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/36106
    In the meantime, it looks like we are all set for tomorrow's appt but the owner is insistent on seeing a proof of funds just to make sure he is dealing with qualified buyers, which is very standard in this industry. Can you request that your bank send you a letter stating that you are capable of making a $28 million purchase?
    Here’s a mail with more information on the NYC building: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/36106

    Here’s another mail with information on who are involved in buying the real estate, besides Elena Baronoff - L. Joseph Posner of New York Commercial Real Estate Services LLC and Peter Weiner: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/37436


    Here’s a 6 October 2015 mail from David Zaikin about their lobbying activities in Washington to Halil Danismaz, who forwarded it to Beret Albayrak and other Turkish officials.
    Unfortunately some of it is written in Turkish: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/6424


    Here is the forwarded mail of 7 March 2015 by Andrew S. Ricci ”About the coming resolution about the Armenian genocide”.
    It was forwarded by John Moreira to amongst others Halil Danismaz, then director of the Turkish Heritage Organization, and David Zaikin.
    Danismaz in turn forwarded it to Bilal Erdogan and Albayrak: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/26646
    This bipartisan resolution will call on President Barack Obama to work toward equitable, constructive, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based on the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide.

    The resolution will also establish a fair, just, and comprehensive record on this international crime against humanity.

    Here’s another mail with the letter that was sent to John Kerry over concerns of US Congress about journalists being locked up in Turkey, forwarded by Danismaz to Bilal Erdogan and Albayrak: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/11039

    There are also some emails from Ekim Alptekin to Egemen Bagis, former Turkish minister for European Union affairs, for example the following: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/16149


    The following email is the most relevant in this context. It is the “Confidentiality Agreement” of the Leviathan Partners and Ridvan Akturk and Bayram Kara of Calik Enerji of 3 November 2013: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/16302
    Berat Albayrak was the CEO of Calik Holding from 2007 till late in 2013…


    In May 2014, the Australian Woodside Petroleum and Noble Energy Inc. terminated the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the $2.5 billion sale of interest in the Leviathan licenses: http://www.ogj.com/articles/2014/05/...leviathan.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    Wikileaks has published the mailbox of Turkish President Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak.
    I’ve searched for interesting emails in the Wikileaks archive, I don’t know if it’s worth to post...
    I read this every update. thank you
    Bilal Erdogan (son) is dirty up to his skinny privileged neck in trafficking EVERYTHING... ISIS oil (to Israel), sex slaves, weapons and probably organs.
    He was caught in Italy... Feb/2016 for money laundering (Charges 'dropped' in Sept/2016)

    Bilal Erdogan Accused Of Money Laundering In Italy
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-0...undering-italy



    An Italian judge dropped a money laundering investigation into President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal when the complainant, Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan, failed to appear in court to testify.

    When Uzan failed to appear in court, the preliminary investigations judge approved a request to shelve the probe.
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    Trump needs to pardon Flynn immediately. He did absolutely nothing wrong, but the legal fees he is incurring for this witch hunt are outrageous. Unlike Trump and some of the other members of his cabinet, Flynn is not a man of unlimited means. A good Patriot is being financially ruined to further the silly agenda of the Deep State and Trump needs to step in and say "enough".

    The potential charges against Flynn are essentially: The law says you have to register if you work for a foreign government. You did not work for a foreign government, but you worked for companies that have vague "ties" to foreign governments so we are going to charge you anyway. It is absurd. And it wasn't like Flynn was hiding any of this stuff. He appeared on TV with the people he worked for in Russia and talked about it all the time in interviews. He likewise never hid his work for the Dutch firm. What they are accusing him of is a book keeping error and that violates a law that doesn't exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPaulMall View Post
    Trump needs to pardon Flynn immediately. He did absolutely nothing wrong, but the legal fees he is incurring for this witch hunt are outrageous. Unlike Trump and some of the other members of his cabinet, Flynn is not a man of unlimited means. A good Patriot is being financially ruined to further the silly agenda of the Deep State and Trump needs to step in and say "enough".

    The potential charges against Flynn are essentially: The law says you have to register if you work for a foreign government. You did not work for a foreign government, but you worked for companies that have vague "ties" to foreign governments so we are going to charge you anyway. It is absurd. And it wasn't like Flynn was hiding any of this stuff. He appeared on TV with the people he worked for in Russia and talked about it all the time in interviews. He likewise never hid his work for the Dutch firm. What they are accusing him of is a book keeping error and that violates a law that doesn't exist.
    There's more to it... for example

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    Maybe I should have paid more attention to another business deal of Ekim Alptekin – Eclipse.
    The trail leads (again) to Russia and Turkey, but also to Roel Pieper from the Netherlands.

    In 1998, ex-Microsoft manager Vern Raburn, established Eclipse Aviation, with the so-called “richest man in the world” Bill Gates as its majority shareholder. The company’s main product was the Eclipse-500 jets that were produced in New Mexico.

    In 2004, Roel Pieper from The Netherlands and Daniil Kazhdan (a.k.a. Daniel Bolotin) from Russia established European Technology and Investment Research Centers (ETIRC) in Europe. Pieper was the president of all of the ETIRCs outside Russia (in Russia, Kazhdan was its president).
    In 2005, ETIRK Holding Rus and Daniil Kazhdan as a private person established Joint Stock Company “STK Razvitie”. This company still exists; some of its customers are giants like: Gazprom, Transneft, Bank of Moscow, Alfa-bank, Rostelecom, Russian Railways, Mosenergo, and Rosneft.

    On 3 March 2005, it was reported that VneshEconomBank (VEB) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eclipse Aviation Eastern Europe (Luxembourg) and Eclipse Aviation Rus (Russia), that VEB would invest in production in Russia.
    Then Pieper, as ETIRC’s president, announced the intention to start Eclipse-500 production in Ulyanovsk on Aviastar aircraft factory. This factory was a partner of Volga-Dnepr, from whom Lt. Gen. Flynn later received his “first” $11,250.
    On 15 June 2005, an interview with Kazhdan was published:
    As for now, we have received orders for 100 Eclipses from prominent businessmen. And what’s important, they pay in advance.
    With an advertised price for a jet of $1.3 million, this makes a total of prepayments of $130 million. It’s not clear where this money has gone, before it was bankrupted, or why the company would need to borrow more money to continue.
    Then on 1 November 2005, RBC Daily announced that Pieper and Kazhdan had decided to make planes in Voronezh, Russia (instead of Ulyanovsk) through Voronezh joint-stock aircraft society. If I understand correctly, ETIRC wasn’t involved in making any aircraft, but was only selling the Eclipse-500 in Eastern Europe…

    On 9 May 2006, a Turkish newspaper reported that ETIRC was now owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin (which wasn’t a shareholder in Eclipse Aviation yet). In December 2007, Russian Sviaz-bank lent $150 million to ETRIC Aviation, Pieper-Kazhdan’s company that was now co-owned by Alptekin. This “loan” was never paid back.
    If I understand correctly, with this “loan” Alptekin bought ETRIC…
    In May 2007, ETIRC formed a joint venture with the Turkish Atasay company, which ordered 120 Eclipse model 500 jets with an option for 60 more.
    ETIRC, along with Martilio Holdings Limited, reportedly owned nearly 70% of Eclipse at that time.

    In January 2008, Eclipse Aviation received an offer from ETIRC Aviation to purchase its share for more than $100 million, with the financial assistance from Sviaz-bank.
    On 14 January 2008, US Company Eclipse Aviation made an official statement that Pieper would replace Vern Raburn as CEO of Eclipse:
    it will expand its partnership with European Technology and Investment Research Center (ETIRC) Aviation. The agreement between the two companies includes an equity investment by ETIRC in Eclipse that is substantially in excess of $100 million. […] Upon completion of the equity investment, ETIRC will be the single largest shareholder of Eclipse Aviation. ETIRC CEO Roel Pieper has been elected non-executive Chairman of Eclipse Aviation.
    In June 2008, Pieper announced that overall costs of the aircraft project would be $300 million; $100 million would be borrowed from VEB by ETIRC Aviation. It had already received $150 million from Sviaz-bank, in addition to the advance payments for orders of the Eclipse 500.
    In September 2008, VEB stated they were willing to invest $330 million in a manufacturing and sales facility for Eclipse-500 jets in Ulyanovsk. Then the “global financial crisis” erupted, in September 2008, and VEB quit the deal.
    In September 2008, none other than Vladimir Putin was pictured with an Eclipse-500 jet.


    On 15 October 2008, the Russian Central Investigation Department (GSU) filed a criminal case against the Sviaz-bank, based on an investigation by the Russian Central bank, which showed that the $150 million lent to ETIRC for the Eclipse deal, was not repaid. Without any suspect, and the loan was written off the bank’s balance sheet.

    Then in the autumn of 2008, Pieper and partners suddenly filed for bankruptcy on behalf of Eclipse Aviation. In January 2009, the bankruptcy court allowed company’s assets to be sold.
    Later in 2009, a group of investors, including Ekim Alptekin (who was already involved in Eclipse since January 2008), bought Eclipse Aviation to create the Turkish company EA Aerospace.
    Strangely the LinkedIn page of Alptekin claims he was president of EA Aerospace since 2008: https://tr.linkedin.com/in/k-ekim-alptekin-6b80034
    The original ETIRC Company filed for bankruptcy in 2013.

    More on Michael Flynn being bribed from Russia…
    Since August 2015, Mike Flynn started earning a monthly salary of $11,250, but this was paid creatively.
    In August 2015, the $11,250 was received from a Russian charter cargo airline - Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
    In September 2015, the payment of $11,250 came from - Kaspersky Government Security Solutions Inc., a US subsidiary of the Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, affiliated with the FSB of Russia.
    Flynn received his monthly $11,250 in October, November and December 2015 (a total of $33,750) for an interview with the Russian propaganda TV channel RT (a.k.a. Russia Today), where he was photographed with Putin.

    A lot of websites with stories on this topic claim to know where the more than half a million dollar paid to Flynn Intel Group ultimately came from, but I’m still not sure…
    The last payment of $145,000 was transferred to Flynn’s company on 14 November 2016, when Trump was already elected as President. Flynn filed a termination report for the contract with Inovo BV with 16 November 2016 as the termination date. The following day, November 17, he was named National Security Advisor to President-elect Donald Trump: http://english.gordonua.com/news/ukr...ky-187464.html


    It looks like the whole “bankruptcy” of Eclipse Aviation was a fraud, pocketing the hundreds of millions of dollars in “loans” and advance payments for the Eclipse-500. Where did this money go?
    It’s also not clear why the Sviaz-bank lent $150 million, but then the renamed company Eclipse Aerospace could be bought for a mere $100 million, and why VEB would lend another $100 million for this deal. It looks like the “bankrupted” company had more than this in assets…
    Most stories on the internet claim that the bankrupt company was bought for only $40 million…
    Alptekin said that after the bank that supported Eclipse went bankrupt (Sviaz was “saved” by VEB…), he then bought the company that was worth $1.5 billion for only $100 million: https://aerospaceblog.wordpress.com/...ets-in-turkey/


    There is still a lot more on the business ties of Ekim Alptekin.
    For now I will only add something on his partner in crime Roel Pieper, who around the year 2000 in the Netherlands was famously known as a successful entrepreneur.


    In 1993, Roel Pieper became the CEO of Ungermann-Bass, which was tied to Tandem. Roel renamed the company UB Networks while it was a subsidiary of Tandem Computers. In 1997, Tandem was sold to Compaq, and Pieper became a member of the executive board of Compaq.
    Pieper returned to the Netherlands in 1998, where he was seen as the new CEO for the Dutch electronics giant Philips, but in May 1999 he quit.
    In 1998, together with former Minister for economy Hans Wijers, Pieper set up Twinning, with 90 million guilders in subsidy from the Dutch government, to funnel money to starting entrepreneurs. The project was a complete failure, and the government sold Twinning to a group of private investors.
    In November 2000, Pieper became Chairman of the Board of the Belgian Lernout & Hauspie, which specialised in speech recognition technology. Pieper’s “contribution” was to help the Belgian authorities to bring formal charges against the founders of the company Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie for financial fraud.
    In 2003, Pieper started a new venture involving Very Light Jets (VLJ), in cooperation with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Eclipse Aviation Corporation.
    On 7 April 2009, following the Chapter 7 filing of Eclipse Aviation, ETIRC BV in the Netherlands also declared bankruptcy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roel_Pieper

    The story from the “independent” Wikipedia on Roel Pieper is surprisingly positive, because just about everything Pieper did in business was a complete failure.
    The English page on Pieper looks like a direct translation of the Dutch page, from which strangely all “References” have been deleted, see the archived Dutch page: http://archive.is/6gA9I

    Even more interesting than Roel Pieper, is former Minister Hans Wijers (1994-1998), with whom he participated in Twinning.
    From 1999-2002 Wijers was corporate director to the Boston Consulting Group.
    In 2002, Wijers became corporate director of the giant Dutch AkzoNobel company, and from 2003 to 2012 was its CEO.
    Wijers also occupied numerous seats on supervisory boards in the business world and international non-governmental organizations, including Royal Dutch Shell, Heineken, GlaxoSmithKline, and the WWF: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Wijers


    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post
    Bilal Erdogan (son) is dirty up to his skinny privileged neck in trafficking EVERYTHING... ISIS oil (to Israel), sex slaves, weapons and probably organs.
    He was caught in Italy... Feb/2016 for money laundering (Charges 'dropped' in Sept/2016)
    There are also emails in the Wikileaks archives that Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, was involved with the same Powertrans that got an effective monopoly on importing ISIS-oil because Turkish laws forbid this: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/article
    I won’t go further into that lead, at least not for now, as I have difficulty enough to keep a grasp on the massive amounts of information on Ekim Alptekin.
    I didn’t know yet about the money laundering case in Italy against Bilal Erdogan...
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    I’m really amazed; there´s no end to the connections of this Dutch Turkish lawyer Ekim Alptekin. By his membership to the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) since 2013, there are direct links to George Soros and the Dutch Royal family.
    Alptekin is also an ambassador to the Nowruz Commission of his business associate Rafiekian, which leads to Iran, (again) to James Woolsey, Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (who has left the USA by now), and its chairman Kazeminy who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and is a Knight of Malta.
    There are even rumours that Alptekin will be the successor of the current Turkish economy minister Nihat Zeybekci...

    See President Donald J. Trump entertaining Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Kislyak on the right earlier this year.


    GEORGE SOROS
    I will mention some highlights on Rothschild agent George Soros, who has publicly supported Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election, while publicly warning against Donald Trump.
    Soros was involved with Trump in a bankruptcy fraud with the General Motors building in New York.
    Soros (together with Goldman Sachs and Peter Thiel) funded the Cadre investment firm of Jared Kushner (son-in-law and senior advisor to President Trump). The family office of George Soros financed Cadre with $250 million in early 2015. Kushner resigned from Cadre's board, assigned his voting rights and “reduced his ownership”.
    Kushner “forgot” to disclose that he is indebted for more than 1 billion dollar from 20 investors, including Blackstone Group, Bank of America, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.
    According to Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, Jared’s actions are “very normal” and Kushner’s stake in Cadre was disclosed, under the umbrella of BFPS Ventures LLC:
    https://www.businessinsider.nl/jared...onal=true&r=US


    ECFR
    Alptekin´s family came to the Netherlands after the 1980 coup in Turkey, when Ekim was four.
    Ekim’s father, Sevinc Alptekin, was a member of the Turkish Workers Party of Dogu Perincek. Ekim’s uncle, another lawyer named Sami Alptekin, was a friend of the 7 student members of Perincek’s party that were killed by the Grey Wolves in 1978 (the Bahcelievler massacre).
    In 2008, prosecutors ordered Perincek’s arrest on the accusation of planning a coup. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister at that time, and both his AKP and Gulen supported the prosecution of Perincek.

    In 2007, Ekim Alptekin married journalist Asli Aydintasbas (they divorced after only a year). They had 2 interesting witnesses at their wedding.
    1) Hilmi Güler, energy minister of the AKP, was the architect of the gold-for-oil deal between Iran and Turkey. The Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab bribed 4 AKP ministers, including Erdogan Bayraktar of the Ministry for Housing, a close associate of Alptekin. At this moment Zarrab stands trial in New York on for evading the boycott against Iran.
    2) Saban Disli, AKP parliamentarian. In 2008, it became public knowledge that Disli received a million dollar from businessman Mehmet Karasu to change the zoning plan on a green area. Karasu has also been a project adviser to Alptekin’s EA group.

    Türgen is headed by Hilal Mutlu, a cousin of Erdogan. In October 2016, Mutlu spoke with Michael Flynn. Türgen is the American branch of two Turkish organisations affiliated with the AKP:
    - Türgev, of Erdogan’s son Bilal, which received a donation from Reza Zarrab.
    - Ensar, an AKP affiliated educational institution, which was involved in a scandal last about sexual child abuse on one of its schools.

    Even before last year’s (false flag?) coup attempt in Turkey, Erdogan had blacklisted George Soros. Until about 5 years ago, Erdogan had no bad feelings about Soros. But then suddenly Soros was publicly named an opponent of the AKP.
    In 2013, a report on media freedom of the Soros founded Center for American Progress (CAP) was co-financed by Tuskon, the “Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists” of the Gülen movement.

    The ECFR was cofounded in 2007 by Mabel Wisse Smit (still one of its presidents), sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and was financed by George Soros (who’s also a prominent “member”). Since the 1990s Mabel has worked for the Open Society Foundation of Soros. Prince Constantijn, brother of Willem-Alexander, is also a member of the ECFR.
    So Ekim Alptekin is not only affiliated with Soros, but with the Dutch Royal family as well.
    In a strange twist Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, is also a member of the ECFR of Soros...

    Alptekin’s ex-wife Aydintasbas is a senior policy fellow at the ECFR, while another ECFR member, Marietje Schaake, co-founded Alptekin’s Inovo BV.
    According to Schaake, Inovo was founded to assist companies to make “investments” in Turkey (like bribing American politicians?). Since 2009, Schaake is in the European Parliament for the D66 party. Earlier she was an intern at the International Crime Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, which was dominated by George Soros...
    Schaake is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Non-profit “Humanity in action” where Alptekin was a senior fellow: http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/01/th...gmatic-client/


    RAFIEKIAN / NOWRUZ
    Alptekin first met the Iranian American Bijan Rafiekian (a.k.a. Bijan Kian), when he was a director of the Export-Import bank board (2006-2011). In November 2011, Rafiekian became vice chairman of Alptekin’s Istanbul-based aviation company EA Havacilik. It was Rafiekian who introduced Alptekin to Michael Flynn and led most of Flynn Intel Group’s lobbying for Alptekin.
    After Flynn Intel Group ceased operations after Trump’s election, Flynn and Rafiekian joined the president-elect’s transition team. Rafiekian was “deputy lead” assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Flynn and Rafiekian co-authored a 2015 op-ed about ISIS militants, and attended galas by the Nowruz Commission, a non-profit run by Rafiekian and his wife. Alptekin became a board director of Nowruz in 2011.
    The November 2016 article on Turkey and Gulen, which was published under Michael Flynn’s name, was written by Rafiekian. Freelance editor Hank Cox fine-tuned the article. Cox later said he was “baffled” to learn that the article had appeared under Flynn’s name: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/bi...-ekim-alptekin

    In January 2010, Bijan R. Rafiekian, Erlan Idrissov (former Minister of Kazakhstan and the current Ambassador in the UK) and Mr. Nasser J. Kazeminy founded the Nowruz Commission. Kazeminy is the Chairman of the board of Nowruz.
    Kazeminy was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995 and in 2002 the American Legend Award. Kazeminy was inducted into The Order of St. John by Queen Elizabeth II. Kazeminy became a Knight of Malta in 2006.

    The most prominent project of Nowruz, is the annual gala, which raises money for a handful of international humanitarian organisations.
    In photographs and videos of the annual fundraising dinner, Flynn can repeatedly be seen, often nearby Rafiekian. See from left to right: Gissou and Bijan Rafiekian, and Lori and Michael T. Flynn.


    Flynn and Rafiekian were familiar at least a year and a half before they founded the Flynn Intel Group in the fall of 2014.
    Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, who has mingled with some of the people in Trump’s team, is another notable Nowruz ambassador.
    Another Nowruz ambassador is Nancye Miller, who was a spokesperson for former CIA director James Woolsey (advisor to Flynn Intel Group); if I understand correctly Nancye Miller “Woolsey” is now his wife: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/nowr...-ekim-alptekin

    See from left to right Bijan Rafiekian, Robert Kelley, Ekim Alptekin, Mrs. Safai, Gissou Rafiekian, and Bijan Ganji from Nowruz.



    JEAN SCHMIDT
    Ekim Alptekin has repeatedly been exposed for telling blatant lies.
    Alptekin has defended the ridiculous claim that he paid Flynn’s and Rafiekian’s company half a million dollars from his own pockets, by pointing out that in 2012 his company Global Eclipse made a $5,000 donation to Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.
    According to Alptekin, this shows that paying politicians to improve the name of Turkey is in his nature. Never mind that this wasn’t a personal payment (the highly respected Dutch newspaper NRC wasn’t even able to find a single error in Alptekin´s story)…

    Schmidt got a “mean” reputation for denying the Armenian genocide. During the 2009 campaign Armenian American David Krikorian accused her for taking "blood money" from the Turkish government to oppose a 2007 congressional resolution on the Armenian genocide.
    Schmidt in turn sued Krikorian for $6.8 million in a defamation lawsuit, with legal expenses paid for by the Turkish American Legal Defense Fund.
    David Krikorian then filed a complaint with the House ethics committee that ordered Schmidt to repay more than $400,000 in legal fees. According to the ethics committee, the Turkish coalition’s offer to pay her legal bills was an improper gift (a violation of House rules): http://asbarez.com/102942/company-wi...-schmidt-fund/
    Here’s the complaint of Krikorian with more information on the legal dispute with Schmidt: https://www.fec.gov/files/legal/murs/current/119078.pdf

    In one of those strange twists, Jean Schmidt is involved with the Gulen Institute, see the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-lGk_HRzQ
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    Schmidt got a “mean” reputation for denying the Armenian genocide. During the 2009 campaign Armenian American David Krikorian accused her for taking "blood money" from the Turkish government to oppose a 2007 congressional resolution on the Armenian genocide.


    The Armenian genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacres and subjection of army conscripts to forced labor, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape and massacre.

    Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups, such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks, were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy that targeted the Armenians. Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.

    In the eastern provinces, the Armenians were subject to the whims of their Turkish and Kurdish neighbors, who would regularly overtax them, subject them to brigandage and kidnapping, force them to convert to Islam, and otherwise exploit them without interference from central or local authorities.

    Egged on by their Ottoman rulers, Kurdish tribal chieftains raped, murdered and pillaged their way through the southeastern provinces where for centuries they had co-existed, if uneasily, with the Armenians and other non-Muslims. Henry Morgenthau, who served as U.S. Ambassador in Constantinople at the height of the bloodshed, described the Kurds’ complicity in his chilling 1918 memoir Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story:

    “The Kurds would sweep down from their mountain homes. Rushing up to the young girls, they would lift their veils and carry the pretty ones off to the hills. They would steal such children as pleased their fancy and mercilessly rob all the rest of the throng…While they were committing these depredations, the Kurds would freely massacre, and the screams of women and old men would add to the general horror.”
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    I don’t have much on our wonderful Dutch Turk Ekim Alptekin in this post. The Nowruz Commission trail again leads to Michael Flynn, Israel, Britain, and the recently fired Steve Bannon...

    According to financial disclosure forms released in March, Mike Flynn earned between $1.37 and $1.47 million in 2016, most of it from the Flynn Intel Group (FIG).
    Flynn also joined the board of the little-known GreenZone Systems. GreenZone was run by Bijan Kian (a.k.a. Rafiekian), cofounder of the Nowruz Commission.
    Nasser Kazeminy, cofounder and Chairman of Nowruz, also hired Flynn as an advisor.
    Flynn and Kian found a third partner in Philip Oakley, who hired Flynn in 2015 as an advisor and paid him $90,000 for 11 months.

    Flynn Intel Group’s general counsel, lawyer Robert Kelley, is listed as secretary general of Nowruz. Kelley filed a lobbying disclosure on behalf of FIG, listing Inovo BV as its client.
    Months later, in March, Flynn and Kian filed additional disclosures under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

    Among Flynn’s other clients were Palo Alto Networks and software giant Adobe.
    Flynn also joined the advisory board of OSY Technologies, part of the NSO Group, a cyber weapons dealer founded by former Israeli intelligence officials. Flynn also consulted for Francisco Partners, an American private equity firm that controls NSO. According to Steve Eisner, general counsel of Francisco Partners, Flynn had served the company in a relatively limited advisory role.
    Eisner said that Flynn was paid a little more than $40,000 by OSY and less than $100,000 by Francisco: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/u...p.html?mcubz=0

    Flynn became vice chairman of GreenZone Systems, headed by Bijan Kian, and funded by the Minneapolis-based NJK Holding Corporation. NJK is led by Nasser Kazeminy.
    Flynn was forced to disclose that he received $140,000 from NJK. NJK said Flynn “played an advisory role to NJK Holding relative to its investment interests in security”.

    Michael Flynn was also forced to disclose his link to Cambridge Analytica, where Steve Bannon was a vice-president before he joined Trump’s team.
    Just before the end of the campaign, Flynn became a paid consultant to the SCL Group, the British parent company of Cambridge Analytica, the data mining firm that worked on Trump’s campaign. One of Cambridge’s financiers is hedge fund magnate Robert L. Mercer.
    Not many media outlets have mentioned how Great Britain and Australian born Rupert Murdoch manipulated the presidential election in the USA...
    Flynn terminated his involvement shortly after Trump won the presidency: https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.a5e3940644b0

    Flynn was also hired by Brainwave Science to help sell technology to scan the brain to determine if someone is lying to defence and law enforcement agencies.
    According to Brainwave President Krishna Ika, Flynn met Brainwave officials at least 10 times.

    Subrahmanyam M. Kota, the head of an I.T. consulting firm called the Boston Group, was connected to Brainwave as the principal investor. Kota was caught in a sting in the 1990s and accused of selling secrets to the KGB.
    Between 1985 and 1990 Subu Kota repeatedly met KGB agent Vladimir Galkin, and sold US missile defence technology for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Kota pleaded guilty in 1996 to selling the information to the Russian spy. After he pleaded guilty, he testified against his co-defendant and received a “sentence” of only 4 years probation and a $50,000 fine: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...leged-kgb-ties

    Nasser Kazeminy has earlier been involved in a scandal for illegally donating $100,000 to former Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman was indicted and lost his seat to Senator Al Franken: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/mich...in-disclosure/

    Nasser Kazeminy has also donated to the Clinton Foundation: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...age/41?mcubz=0

    It’s strange that so much attention has been given to Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, much less to being involved with Ekim Alptekin, and even less to his connections to Nowruz.
    Flynn was not only paid by Nowruz ambassador Alptekin, but also by 2 founders of Nowruz - Bijan Kian and Nasser Kazeminy. The general counsel to Flynn Intel Group is also secretary general of Nowruz and while James Woolsey acted as an advisor to FIG, his wife, Nancey Woolsey, is also a Nowruz ambassador.
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    While a lot of stories focus on Michael Flynn working as a foreign agent for Russia and/or Turkey, I don’t believe it’s about nationality at all. We see a relatively small intertwined group that are internationally focussed, who only care about themselves, while often using patriotism and even philanthropy to disguise their greed...
    For now my best guess is that the Nowruz Commission is really in the centre of this corruption scandal.

    Following is the latest disclosure form of Michael Flynn, dated 3 August.
    Michael Flynn received from the Flynn Intel Group LLC in “Salary/Bonus” $827,055 and another $50,001 - $100,000 in “Business Income” in 2016.
    What’s also interesting is that Flynn received $15,000 for speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center on 11/11/2016.
    Not only did Michael Flynn receive money from a wide variety of sources, but his assets were also divided over a wide range, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock: https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...isclosure.html

    The following form dated 7 March 2017 details the Inovo/FIG contract.
    It includes a list (Item 15) that details the recipients of the money: Bob Kelley, Brian McCauley, Carl Pilgrim, David Enders, Hank Cox, Michael G. Flynn (the son of Lt. General Flynn), Mike Boston, Paul Becker, and Rudi Bakthiar: https://admin.govexec.com/media/2017...rsion__(1).pdf
    There is (another) Robert Kelley that was the CEO of Noble Energy. Possibly they are related: http://www.bloomberg.com/research/st...ivcapId=293569

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    And let’s not forget about Michael Flynn, here he is sitting next to Vladimir Putin.
    Strangely Green Party leader Jill Stein was sitting at the same table as Michael Flynn and Vladimir Putin at the event for RT in Moscow in December 2015. See Stein at this side of the table (on the right). Stein told she turned down RT’s offer to pay for her transportation and stay.
    The military career of the lifelong “Democrat” Michael Flynn was ended when President Obama dismissed him as defense intelligence chief. A former senior Obama administration official said that Flynn was fired for insubordination after failing to follow guidance from superiors, including James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

    In May 2016, Flynn was named vice chairman and board member of Drone Aviation. Drone Aviation paid Flynn a $36,000 annual salary and awarded him 100,000 shares of restricted stock. The company later won a $400,000 Defense Department contract.
    Flynn was re-elected to the board after Trump’s election but stepped down from the board after he was offered the job as National Security Adviser.

    Ekim Alptekin said he met mostly with Robert Kelley (both of Nowruz), a former chief counsel to a congressional subcommittee. According to the lobbying documents, Kelley did most of the lobbying between mid-September and December last year for Alptekin. According to Kelley’s lobbying termination notice to Congress on 1 December, FIG made less than $5,000 for its 3 months of work on behalf of Inovo (Kelley was paid a total of $10,000 on 10/14/2016, 10/31/2016 and 11/21/2016...).
    Kelley also registered as a foreign agent for the National Mobilization Force, a Turkish-backed militia fighting ISIS in Syria. Documents filed with the DoJ show Kelley was paid $90,000 to “convey the views” of the armed group to Congress: https://apnews.com/ce90066b4e20483da79adf21910da0c7


    Donald Trump himself also has business partners in Turkey.
    After Donald Trump won the presidential elections, on 9 November 2016 he called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In this call, he passed the praise for Erdogan from “close friend” Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, son-in-law of Dogan Holding owner Aydin Dogan. On election night, Yalcindag had been present for Trump’s victory celebration at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.
    Yalcindag is the son-in-law of Turkish real estate and media mogul Aydin Dogan. In 2009, Erdogan’s government fined Aydin Dogan’s company $2.5 billion for tax evasion.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Alptekin, as a guest on CNN’s Turkish edition, called Trump’s victory in the presidential election a triumph for Turkey and boasted about the Flynn article (to give Gulen more media attention).
    The coverage of the CNN Turk of the Dogan Media Group property is suspiciously pro-Erdogan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b01ba68ac41d9f

    See from left to right: Ivanka Trump, Sema Dogan, Begümhan Dogan Faralyali, Donald Trump, Mehmet Ali Yalçindag and Aydin Dogan at the Trump Towers Mall in Istanbul. The mall had been opened a day before on 20 April 2012, where Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife appeared.


    Wikileaks mails have also shown that Berat Albayrak (son-in-law of Erdogan) has been corresponding with the Dogan Media Group to discuss the coverage for Erdogan.
    Mehmet Ali Yalçındag mailed with President Erdogan’s Executive Assistant Hasan Dogan to discuss how to re-shape its media coverage in line with government’s needs.
    Yalçindag constanty informed Serhat Albayrak, brother of Energy Minister Albayrak and CEO of Turkuvaz Media which runs the Sabah newspaper and the ATV and A Haber television stations about staff meetings at Dogan Media: https://www.turkishminute.com/2016/0...owing-erdogan/

    In one of those strange coincidences in July 2012, Mehmet Ali Yalçindag was named chairman of Yandex, Turkey, Yandex is Russia’s biggest internet search engine: https://globenewswire.com/news-relea...ex-Turkey.html

    See from left to right Mehmet Ali Yalçindag, President Erdogan and Aydin Dogan.
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    Default National Mobilization Force, White Canvas

    I take from the rich; maybe I should give some to the poor. This is much harder work than helping the rich steal from the poor, while it’s also a health hazard. Maybe it’s a strange strategy, but I try to stay alive by making people stop believing in the state and alternative media...
    Just yesterday I had a court session in my appeal against the Dutch government for stealing more than 200,000 Euros in taxes from me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Robert Kelley also registered as a foreign agent for the National Mobilization Force, a Turkish-backed militia fighting ISIS in Syria. Documents filed with the DoJ show Kelley was paid $90,000 to “convey the views” of the armed group to Congress: https://apnews.com/ce90066b4e20483da79adf21910da0c7
    After the retreat from Mosul in 2014 by the Iraqi army, the National Mobilization Force (a.k.a. Popular Mobilization Force) was created. They are mostly Sunni Arab Bedouins.
    The 4,000-man strong National Mobilization Force was founded by former Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, who is controversial in Iraq and seen as a puppet for Turkey. In 2015, he was removed from his post by the Iraqi parliament.
    His brother, Osama al-Nujaifi, is Iraq’s former vice president and parliament speaker.

    Al-Nujaifi claimed that Baghdad was deaf to the Sunni pleas, and went straight to Washington. In 2014, Nujaifi paid a consultant firm $300,000 for three months of “work”. In 2015, Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to fight ISIS, and called for the US to “lay the foundation for a second Sunni Awakening”.
    In February 2016, Atheel al-Nujaifi signed a six-month, $90,000 contract with lobbyist Robert Kelley to represent the National Mobilization Force.

    In the spring of 2015, Nujaifi stated in a speech at the Brookings Institution:
    You may ask what is our vision after liberation? We need autonomy as a part of a strong federal Iraq.
    Nujaifi and others claim to support a unified Iraq, with a more pronounced federalism. Is this only a vanity project that will split Iraq into pieces?
    According to former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker “Islamic State is a symptom. It is not a cause”.
    Aaron Stein stated “They’re using the anti-ISIS fight as a means with which to strengthen their argument”: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbyi...ngton-lobbyist

    According to US State Department sources, most of the mercenaries of the National Mobilization Force are former Baathist military officers or policemen who left Mosul when ISIS took over. An elite group of 200 of these (4,000) fighters has been trained by US and Turkish military advisers.
    Al-Nujaifi outlined the three needed steps to take Mosul:
    First we need to be just outside the city so that we can have physical contact with people.
    Second, we need financing.
    Third, we need amnesty for the fighters after the fight, which means that if they fight for us, they will not be prosecuted for crimes done before ISIS. Some of them may be wanted for something done in 2003 or 2005.
    Strangely Al-Nujaifi claimed that after ISIS (a.k.a. Islamic State and Daesh) took over Mosul with predominately Sunni Arabs, first some 400,000 people left, but then as many as 700,000 new residents moved in to an approximate population of 1.9 million: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...outs-plan-to-/
    Maybe this mean that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are so disgusted by the Iraqi puppet government, that they rather go to an ISIS-controlled area...

    It looks like the George Soros backed Human Rights Watch (HRW) makes propaganda for the Sunni National Mobilization Force.
    Since 2014, mostly Shi’a militias have taken over the role of the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS. By March 2015, they were some 70,000-120,000 fighters strong.
    In August 2014, HRW claimed that after Shi’a militias beat back ISIS and took back the Sunni populated city of Amerli, “they burned and destroyed thousands of buildings in dozens of predominately Sunni villages in the Amerli area”: http://natoassociation.ca/the-enemy-...shia-militias/


    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Drone Aviation paid Flynn a $36,000 annual salary and awarded him 100,000 shares of restricted stock. The company later won a $400,000 Defense Department contract.
    Isn’t it strange how since 2009 the predecessor of Drone Aviation Corp was a complete failure in business and suddenly become very successful after they bribed Michael Flynn?
    The Lighter Than Air Systems was founded in 2009, and after losing much of its value, was sold in 2013 to World Surveillance Group. Then it was sold to Drone Aviation Corp, all the while having Kevin Hess and Felicia Hess on its board of directors: http://www.nanalyze.com/2015/10/dron...k-with-a-past/


    The White Canvas Group helped Flynn in the consultancy lobbying for Inovo BV.
    On 5 December 2016, the Trump campaign paid $200,000 for “data management services” to Colt Ventures, a venture-capital firm that is an investor in VizSense, founded by Dallas investor Darren Blanton. Blanton later served as adviser to Trump’s transition and frequently met Stephen K. Bannon.
    According to lawyer Daniel Petalas, who served as the FEC’s acting general counsel and head of enforcement:
    A venture-capital company is certainly a strange entity for a campaign to be making an expenditure to, and I would want to look further to assess whether it was it an appropriate recipient.
    Social-media company VizSense was started in 2015 by Jon Iadonisi with Tim Newberry as a spin off from their White Canvas consultancy firm.
    White Canvas has received numerous Pentagon contracts, including nearly $150,000 in 2016 from the Navy. Iadonisi has been a close associate of Michael Flynn for some time and the Flynn Intel Group rented space from White Canvas Group, and shared an office in Alexandria.

    In August 2016, the same month the Inovo contract was signed, Newberry temporarily became chief executive of FIG Cyber, a unit of Flynn Intel Group. White Canvas Group was paid a total of $15,000 on “10/05/2016” and “12/16/2016” for the Inovo assignment. It appears to have been Newberry, chief executive of the White Canvas Group, who did the “Public open source research” (is that just a fancy name for an internet search?): https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...2aa_story.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    The following form dated 7 March 2017 details the Inovo/FIG contract.
    It includes a list (Item 15) that details the recipients of the money: Bob Kelley, Brian McCauley, Carl Pilgrim, David Enders, Hank Cox, Michael G. Flynn (the son of Lt. General Flynn), Mike Boston, Paul Becker, and Rudi Bakthiar: https://admin.govexec.com/media/2017...rsion__(1).pdf
    Here’s “Item 15” from the 7 March 2017 document…


    You can read amongst others: Brian McCauley received $28,000 for Consultancy, Carl Pilgrim $12,000 for Administrative support, Mike Boston $24,000 for Consultancy, Paul Becker $7,500 for Consultancy.
    If these payments were for "campaign" work, Flynn Intel Group could be accused of violating federal campaign laws, since it was from a foreign source…

    Paul Becker is a retired Rear Admiral, who now runs Becker T3 Group, an intelligence consulting firm.

    Flynn Group also paid Operational Behavioral Sciences (a.k.a. Operational Behavioral Services) with the 2 retired FBI agents Thomas Neer and Gina Orton as executives. Neer was assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, and Orton was a psychiatrist at the FBI: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/09/fl...sh-government/

    Brian McCauley is another former FBI agent.
    What makes McCauley interesting is that he put the Clinton Benghaz email scandal in the spotlight in October 2016. After McCauley was hired by Flynn, he suddenly went public with the claim that the State Dept pressured him to declassify a Clinton email. The first payment from FIG was made on “10/04/2016”...
    In the spring of 2015, McCauley and now-retired State Department official Patrick F. Kennedy reportedly discussed a “quid pro quo arrangement” to declassify a Clinton email. When McCauley learned that the email involved “Secret” information related to the 11 September 2012 Benghazi attacks, he quickly informed Kennedy: “It was off the table; the quid pro quo was not even close to being considered”.

    According to the book “Twilight Warriors”, published in 2015, Brian McCauley and Michael Flynn are personal friends. They both served on the board of directors for Brainwave Science: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/u...ton-email.html

    I didn’t find much interesting on SGR LLC, which received $40,000 (for Public Affairs). If I understand correctly, this was for a couple of emails, 1 phone call, 1 meeting, and a video based on the “ public open source research”, that was never finished...

    One of the 3 directors for Flynn Intel Group, Philip Oakley, worked for Quaestor Federal Consulting LLC, a contractor that provides training and advice to military and intelligence operations: https://relationshipscience.com/phil...kley-p77055691

    Here is a picture with the executives of the Flynn Intel Group: http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/up...PM-620x362.png
    I had not mentioned Agustin (Gus) M. Tavares Jr. and Mike Coomes yet.

    In August 2014, Gus Tavares stepped down as the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief technology officer, 2 weeks after Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was replaced as interim DIA director.
    Flynn was asked by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. to step down in the wake of numerous classified leaks: https://fcw.com/Blogs/FCW-Insider/20...O-resigns.aspx

    In April 2015, Mike Coomes joined CyberUnited as a Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development. CyberUnited provides enterprise IT security consulting services and solutions.
    Before joining CyberUnited, Coomes was Director of International Cyber Security and Internet Governance for the US Department of Defense. Coomes had also served as the national Chair for NATO's Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Capability Panel.
    The previous named functions were before Coomes became COO for the Flynn Intel Group and Moderator for the US Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/moderator-mike-coomes


    Last May, a three-day conference at Trump’s Washington hotel was staged to promote political and economic ties between the USA and Turkey.
    The conference was a joint effort by the Washington-based American-Turkish Council and the Istanbul-based Turkey-U.S. Business Council. The latter is part of the same DEIK (TAIK) that’s chaired by the Dutch Turk Ekim Alptekin.
    According to Howard Beasey, chief executive officer of the American-Turkish Council, previous conferences have cost about $400,000, with about one-third going to the venue.
    Speakers at last year’s conference included Turkish-born developer Mike Sarimsakci (who calls himself the Turkish Trump), who has tried to build Scion-branded hotels with the Trump Organization in St. Louis and Dallas. After public opposition, both projects “collapsed”.

    Under the so-called domestic emoluments clause, the president is prohibited from receiving any compensation from federal or state governments other than his $400,000 salary.
    Trump has said he won’t keep his salary and that his company will donate any hotel profits from foreign governments to the US Treasury: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...gal-challenges
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    Default Tim Griffin

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    What makes McCauley interesting is that he put the Clinton Benghazi email scandal in the spotlight in October 2016. After McCauley was hired by Flynn, he suddenly went public with the claim that the State Dept pressured him to declassify a Clinton email. The first payment from FIG was made on “10/04/2016”...
    This looks to me like Brian McCauley got paid $28,000 (by the Flynn Intel Group with the half million dollar from Inovo BV) to influence the presidential elections.

    Benghazi was (or could have been) really damaging to Hillary Clinton...
    At 7:19 pm, ET in the early stages of the “terrorist attack” on the US consulate on 11 September 2012, Jeremy Bash sent an email that forces could assist the consulate (after they refused to answer his phone call). The deputies of Secretary of State Clinton simply forgot to approve this option.
    A former Special Forces member explained to Bryan Suits in a popular radio show in Los Angeles that the Commanders In extreme Force (CIF) were available to help the consulate.
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lied in 2013 that there hadn’t been enough time to get forces to the scene in Benghazi: http://investmentwatchblog.com/new-e...-panetta-lied/

    Clinton was already informed by the DoD on 12 September 2012, that the terrorist attacks were planned 10 days in advance by the terrorist group BCOAR. This shows that Clinton was lying when she told that these attacks were the result of a protest gone wrong against some video: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-r...ys-in-advance/

    According to The Hill, not registering under FARA is a felony, but firms can evade prosecution by belatedly submitting paperwork. In other words it doesn’t matter that Michael Flynn and his gang didn’t disclose their ties to Turkey, because they did so in new, updated FARA filings…
    SGR LLC Government Relations and Lobbying, which was paid $40,000 by the Flynn Intel Group of the Inovo BV half a million, contacted Tim Griffin, a former Republican congressman now Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas and Miles Taylor, a staffer on the House Homeland Security Committee.
    S.G.R. LLC “helped to submit” the op-ed under Flynn’s name on election day: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbyi...-helped-turkey

    Rafiekian met National Security Advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security, Miles Taylor, twice in October 2016. Once in Taylor’s office and once in FIG’s office (joined by a representative of S.G.R. LLC Government Relations and Lobbying). Taylor also works for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
    He was schooled at the legendary Oxford University and was the youngest presidential appointee in the George W. Bush Administration: http://www.ned.org/fellows/miles-taylor/

    John Timothy Griffin (Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin) later said that SGR LLC contacted him to investigate the ties between the LISA Academy charter schools in Arkansas and the Gulen movement.
    Griffin, another lawyer who said he's an advocate of LISA Academy, said that according to Scott Smith there’s no evidence that LISA is connected to Gulen: https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlo...didnt-run-deep

    There’s certainly an interesting scandal involving Tim Griffin, who coincidentally lives in Little Rock, Arkansas (and I’m not talking about the 2000 presidential elections).
    In September 1999, Griffin became Deputy Research Director for the George W. Bush’s election campaign; he was a legal advisor for the "Bush- Cheney 2000 Florida Recount Team". Maybe they thought something similar would be needed to beat Hillary Clinton?
    In 2004, Tim Griffin was working on the re-election of Bush Jr.
    On 26 August 2004, Griffin sent a “caging” list to Kelly Porter and Lindy Landreaux. A copy was also sent to GeorgeWBush.org, that’s run by John Wooden, who’s no friend of the Bush family, who informed investigative reporter Greg Palast.
    The mail contained 2 “caging.xls” files with typically Hispanic, black and Jewish names.

    Voting-rights attorney Bobby Kennedy, who said that Tim Griffin “should be in jail”, explained “caging” like this:
    They send out letters to poor black and Hispanic voters, first class, with instructions to return, don’t forward, if the letter is not deliverable. The returned [“caged”] letter is then used as ‘evidence’ the voter’s listed address is fraudulent, and the Republican functionary then gets the name struck from voter rolls, or the absentee ballot, if mailed in, is not counted.
    All of the following would have a good reason that a letter wasn’t deliverable, but should be eligible to vote: military personnel sent abroad (registered at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville), homeless people, students away at school, and US voters whose addresses contain typos.
    But if GOP functionaries challenge them, their ballots are rejected.

    To convince us that there’s a massive amount of voting fraud in the USA, a list of 28 “fraudulent” voters was shown on TV by Justine Fox-Young.
    David Iglesias refused to indict a single person for voter fraud, because it were “bogus fraud prosecutions”. Iglesias and 8 other US attorneys were subsequently removed by the White House because they had “been ineffectual managers and prosecutors”.

    Griffin resigned in a tearful performance, laid low for a while, and is now the “respected” Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas: http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-an...election-theft
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    Default Robert Mueller, Lockheed Martin

    The trail of Ekim Alptekin, Bijan Rafiekian (a.k.a. Bijan Kian) and Michael Flynn leads to Robert Mueller and Lockheed Martin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    This looks to me like Brian McCauley got paid $28,000 (by the Flynn Intel Group with the half million dollar from Inovo BV) to influence the presidential elections.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    According to the book “Twilight Warriors”, published in 2015, Brian McCauley and Michael Flynn are personal friends. They both served on the board of directors for Brainwave Science: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/u...ton-email.html
    I can still remember that when special prosecutor Robert Mueller was chosen to head the investigation on how Russia is connected to Donald Trump’s team, the state media claimed that this had Donald Trump running scared because Mueller is above corruption…

    There is a direct connection between Brian McCauley and Robert Mueller. When Mueller was FBI director, he appointed McCauley as Associate Deputy Director of the NCS for HUMINT.
    See the April 2016 press release of Brainwave Science, with the announcement that Brian McCauley is the newest member of the advisory board: http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...Federal-Bureau
    As a direct result of his impact in Afghanistan, FBI Director Robert Mueller selected Mr. McCauley to serve as the Associate Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) for Intelligence Community Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Operations. Deputy Assistant Director McCauley was responsible for the executive level management and oversight of HUMINT policies and programs, as well as coordination and de-confliction of United States HUMINT operations worldwide. As a direct result of his collaborative efforts, Mr. McCauley received the Donovan Award, the highest recognition given by the National Clandestine Service. Following this assignment in October 2012, Mr. McCauley was named Deputy Assistant Director of the International Operations Division where he served until his retirement. and the Department of Defense.
    I’ve archived this page here: http://archive.is/wp9Dz

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Then in the autumn of 2008, Pieper and partners suddenly filed for bankruptcy on behalf of Eclipse Aviation. In January 2009, the bankruptcy court allowed company’s assets to be sold.
    Later in 2009, a group of investors, including Ekim Alptekin (who was already involved in Eclipse since January 2008), bought Eclipse Aviation to create the Turkish company EA Aerospace.
    In October 2010, Sikorsky Aircraft announced that it would invest in Eclipse Aerospace. The deal was completed by the end of January 2011, with Sikorsky (at the time part of United Technologies) buying an undisclosed equity share in Eclipse.
    A subsidiary of Sikorsky in Poland would build the Eclipse airframe, while the firm's sister company Pratt & Whitney supplies the engines. Sikorsky will also offer access to its worldwide support network: https://www.economist.com/blogs/gull...1/11/air-taxis

    In July 2015, the mammoth Lockheed Martin Corporation bought Sikorsky Aircraft from its parent company United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for $9 billion: http://www.utc.com/News/News-Center/...-Aircraft.aspx

    In one of those strange coincidences, in 1984 none other than Rupert Murdoch joined the board of directors of the United Technologies Corporation: http://www.nytimes.com/1984/01/28/bu...d.html?mcubz=0

    Another familiar sounding name is Jeffrey L. Kushner, born in 1948 in Wilmington, Delaware, who was a manager for both UTC and Sikorsky: http://prabook.com/web/person-view.h...ofileId=839279
    I don’t know if Jeffrey is related to Jared…

    In the follow up to Watergate the “Lockheed scandal” erupted, which showed that the US weapons industry paid huge amounts of “kickbacks” to politicians all over the word to buy their products. The politicians in fact negotiated higher prices at the cost of the taxpayers…
    It doesn’t sound farfetched that a company like Lockheed Martin would pay half a million for $110 billion in sales.

    In May, Jared Kushner (Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser), picked up the phone during a meeting with Saudi officials and called the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn A. Hewson, over a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
    Part of the deal was a commitment from Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky’s parent company, to work with the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia would “procure” more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin missile defence, combat ship, tactical aircraft and rotary wing technology.
    The program would support more than 450 US jobs and another 450 in Saudi Arabia: http://www.ctpost.com/business/artic...y-11163497.php

    Of course no journalist can figure out that something is very wrong when more than $120 million is needed per created job…
    President Trump has repeatedly shown support for Sikorksy.

    In April, Donald Trump had his personal Sikorksy S-76 helicopter flown to Mar-a-Lago, even though as President he is not allowed to fly in it. A helipad has been built at Mar-a-Lago especially for President Trump...
    According to this propaganda piece, Trump had the helicopter showing up when there were many people to admire it, completely by accident: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/201...ter-mar-a-lago
    See Trump’s Sikorksy “parked” at Mar-a-Lago on 9 April.


    On 17 July, the White House arranged a "Made in America" event in which Sikorsky Aircraft was put in the spotlight.
    Two Sikorsky executives came to the White House, where the company displayed models of its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter.
    The White House let the green-and-white Sikorsky VH-3D helicopter (Marine One) fly to the South Lawn, which cost taxpayers $24,000. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using government property for political purposes. Because President Trump declared it an “official event” this wasn’t covered by the Hatch Act.
    The White House said taxpayers didn’t pay for any of the other props featured at this “official event”: http://time.com/4885934/white-house-helicopter-cost/

    On 18 April, President Trump signed the “Buy American” Executive Order. The order is focused on controlling the process under which federal agencies get waivers from the 1933 Buy American Act. This doesn’t mean that buying foreign is prohibited, government agencies can still get waivers, but it does give Donald Trump’s team more control.
    Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a supporter of the “Buy American” Executive Order, claims that the DoD has spent nearly $200 billion on foreign products in the last decade.

    According to Jeff Bialos, the US defence industry has bought foreign products for 3 reasons: lower cost, a higher capability, and as trade-offs to encourage sales of US equipment abroad. Bialos expects that because of this Executive Order the costs will rise: https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon...-supply-chain/
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    What’s also strange - there is no Wikipedia page for Bijan Kian (a.k.a. Rafiekian).

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Drone Aviation paid Flynn a $36,000 annual salary and awarded him 100,000 shares of restricted stock. The company later won a $400,000 Defense Department contract.
    There is another interesting story that involves Drone Aviation Corporation, which involves Donald Trump Jr. Drone Aviation only became a public company in 2014 when it acquired MacroSolve Inc.

    MacroSolve was originally founded in 1997 by David Payne as Anyware Mobile Solutions, which sold software to make a profit. Between 2008 and 2010, sales plunged from $2.7 million to $638,000.
    In 2011, MacroSolve signed a 2-year contract with Trump Jr. for a one-time fee of $45,000 and 5 million shares of restricted MacroSolve stock. MacroSolve’s focus suddenly shifted to patent lawsuits as the company's main source of profit - “patent trolling”. MacroSolve owned a single patent issued in October 2010. The patent describes a "remote computing device" that sends out a questionnaire to a user, gets answers, and registers those answers. In MacroSolve's view, it applies to anyone using questionnaires on a mobile app.
    In December 2011, it filed more than 10 lawsuits, claiming that global travel companies infringed the '816 patent. It sued: Southwest, United, Continental, American, Priceline, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Hertz, and Avis. In early 2012, MacroSolve filed lawsuits against: Facebook, Walmart, Yelp, Geico, Marriott, AOL, and Inter-Continental Hotels.

    According to MacroSolve’s 2013 annual report filed with the SEC, the company “focused on intellectual property licensing and enforcement of our patent in the mobile app market development space”.
    In the first few months of filing lawsuits, MacroSolve reaped more than $1 million in settlements. By mid-2012, MacroSolve had sold nearly all that remained of its software service business. Just 3 employees remained, and litigation comprised 97 percent of the company’s revenue.
    MacroSolve filed complaints against 101 defendants, all filed in the patent-friendly Eastern District of Texas, and received settlements from 68 of them. The company reported revenue of $1.45 million in 2013. The lawsuits earned the company at least $4.6 million in total.

    MacroSolve hit a roadblock around 2014, when patent defendants filed 2 challenges against MacroSolve at the US Patent and Trademark Office. One of the challenges resulted in the cancellation of all MacroSolve patent claims. Following that, the company dismissed its remaining legal cases.
    In 2014, MacroSolve's remaining assets were bought by Drone Aviation Holding Corporation. I cannot be the only one to miss the point of why a company that sells drones buys a company that over the last years has only made money with “patent trolling” (and what that such a company could be worth)...
    According to the annual report, Drone Aviation took in $1.47 million in revenue for 2016. The company recorded a net loss of $8.5 million, or $1.23 a share: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...tent-enforcer/


    What’s also interesting is that on 28 April 2015, Bijan Rafiekian mailed with none other than Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/42127
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    I take from the rich; maybe I should give some to the poor.
    care to make a donation?

    Facing ‘Tremendous’ Legal Bills, Michael Flynn Establishes Legal Defense Fund
    http://truepundit.com/facing-tremend...-defense-fund/



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    Oh that poor, poor, Michael Flynn...
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    According to financial disclosure forms released in March, Mike Flynn earned between $1.37 and $1.47 million in 2016, most of it from the Flynn Intel Group (FIG).
    Whenever I see pictures of Michael Flynn (or other army generals), their looks appear to confirm what Kay Griggs said about the top of the military: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...ty-in-the-army


    This is sort of an intermediary post; the next one will bring some shocking stuff.

    In 2002, Ekim Alptekin was a Senior Fellow for the NGO Humanity In Action (HIA).
    In 2003-2004, Ekim Alptekin worked as a counsellor to the Dutch-Turk Fatma Koser Kaya, who was a member of the Dutch Parliament for the D66-party. Koser Kaya chairs HIA in the Netherlands. Fatma Koser Kaya is also an Armenian genocide denier.
    Marietje Schaake, who co-founded Inovo BV, is in the Euro Parliament for D66, and together with Alptekin is a member of the George Soros funded European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), which is chaired by Mabel (the widow of Prince Friso of the Netherlands). Schaake also took part in HIA.

    Humanity In Action is a partner of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International that are both funded by George Soros. George Soros’ Open Society Foundations also finances Humanity In Action.
    In 2005, George Soros supported the AKP of Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the words:
    The AKP is more honest than administrations which preceded it, there is very little corruption. I believe they deserve support.
    http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/george-so...support-326041
    The following picture shows on the left George Soros and Mabel Wisse Smit, and on the right Erdogan (and Basbakan?), in 2003 in Davos.



    Also see the following mail, which shows that co-founders of the Nowruz Commission, Nasser (Kazeminy) and Bijan Kian, expected to meet Minister Ildirim on 21 December 2011, and also arranged a meeting with Ertugal Gurler of Calik Holding: https://www.wikileaks.org/berats-box/emailid/50704

    Emails in the Wikileaks archives show that Erdogan’s son-in-law, the current Turkish Minister for Energy Berat Albayrak, was involved with the same Powertrans that got an effective monopoly on importing ISIS-oil because of Turkish laws prohibiting this: https://wikileaks.org/berats-box/article
    Albayrak was also the CEO of the Calik Holding from 2007 to 2013.

    When I searched the Wikileaks archive with “Bijan Kian Nasser”, I should find the December 2011 mail, but it’s blocked from the Wikileaks search results…



    There is no Wikipedia page on Bijan Kian, but I found a list of the companies he worked for.
    Kian was schooled at the legendary Oxford University.
    Kian was a manager at Great American Savings Bank and is Director of Z Advanced Computing, Inc.
    He was also Vice President of Shearson Lehman/American Express: https://www.bloomberg.com/research/s...apId=253063615

    The Shearson Lehman link is interesting.
    There is a link between Shearson Lehman and the CEO of Blackstone (that financed the Cadre of Jared Kushner with George Soros), Stephen A. Schwarzman.
    Schwarzman is chairman of the business advisory council of President Trump. See the following picture, from left to right Schwarzman, Trump and Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors) in the White House.
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    From 1987 – 1993, when Bijan Kian was Vice President of Shearson Lehman/American Express, one Felix H. Sater worked there as a stock trader.
    Felix Sater and his associate Tefvik Arif with their Bayrock Corporation have been partners in crime with the Trump Organization.
    In 2007, Bayrock founded the Dutch front KazBay BV, which was in turn owned by the “Dutch” Bayrock BV (of Bayrock Group LLC of Sater, Arif and Trump) and the Swiss Helvetic Capital SA. KazBay was used to launder millions of dollars. It was the Bracewell & Giuliani LLP law firm of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s cybersecurity adviser, which set-up the KazBay construction: https://zembla.bnnvara.nl/data/files/2033471528.pdf

    The wife of Viktor Khrapunov was the owner of Helvetic Capital SA. Former Kazakh minister Khrapunov has been accused by the Kazakh government of embezzlement of hundreds of millions of tax money.
    In 2005, Donald Trump owned 18% of Trump SoHo; Bayrock owned the rest of it. In 2013, the Khrapunov family used shell companies to buy 3 apartments in Trump SoHo for $3.1 million.

    After it became public knowledge that Felix Sater had been involved in a variety of criminal activity, including money laundering, Donald Trump exploited this situation by demanding more money; see the mail of Sater of 28 January 2008: https://zembla.bnnvara.nl/data/files/3444027513.pdf


    The Iceland investment fund FL-Group is a strategic partner of Bayrock. FL was funded by Russian investors close to Vladimir Putin. FL and Bayrock planned to commit tax fraud for $250 million.
    The agreement between Bayrock and FL was signed by none other than Donald Trump:
    https://zembla.bnnvara.nl/data/files/2350754984.pdf

    The previous is from the Dutch Zembla: https://zembla.bnnvara.nl/nieuws/the...p-the-russians
    (archived here: http://archive.is/FJOlS)

    Felix Sater was born in the Soviet Union in 1966, and immigrated with his family to the USA when he was 8 years. At 24 he was a successful Wall Street broker, at 27 he lost his job (at Lehman) after cutting somebody up in a bar, who needed 110 stitches, and at 32 he was accused of conspiring with the Mafia to launder money.

    In 1993, after being locked up in prison for the “bar fight”, Sater, Gennady “Gene” Klotsman, Salvatore Lauria and partners gained control of White Rock Partners (later named State Street Capital Markets). They would gain control of large blocks of stock in 4 companies through offshore accounts. Through an illegal “pump and dump” scheme, they would inflate the value of the shares through under-the-table payoffs to brokers and swindled investors out of $40 million.
    In 1998, Sater and Klotsman pleaded guilty for this fraud, and Sater became an informant for the police.
    Sater was also involved in a plan to buy anti-aircraft missiles on the black market in either Russia or Afghanistan for the CIA.

    Since 2003, Sater and Arif - Bayrock – are co-conspirators with Donald Trump.
    Trump and Sater have been repeatedly seen together. Sater even had a business card of the Trump Organization in which he’s labelled “senior advisor to Donald Trump”: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/nyregion/17trump.html

    In 2007, Donald Trump celebrated the launch of Trump SoHo with partners Tevfik Arif (centre) and Felix Sater (right).


    Trump said that most of his dealings with Bayrock had been with Tevfik Arif.
    Tefvik Arif was born in Kazakhstan, but is now a Turkish citizen. The Arif family controls Doyen. Doyen Sports employs international superstars like David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Neymar.
    Refik Arif, Tefviks brother, partnered with Sitki Ayan in a deal involving a gas pipeline from Iran to Europe. Part of the pipeline would go through Turkmenistan, in which Calik Holding was involved, where Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak was CEO until 2013. Sitki Ayan is a childhood friend of President Erdogan, and is so close that he calls the president by his first name in public and occasionally joins him on official trips abroad.
    The gas was paid for in gold to circumvent that Iran was blocked by international sanctions, with over ten billion dollars in revenue. President Erdogan and his son Bilal were caught on tape in conversations in which they appeared to discuss the bribes to be received with Sitki Ayan.

    In 2012, Ali Demirhan, stalwart of President Erdogan's AKP Party, became Doyen's new legal advisor. Demirhan is described as a “close friend and partner” of the Arifs.
    Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, ex- wife of Prince “Randy Andy” Andrew became embroiled in a scandal involving children. The Turkish Ministry of Justice even issued an international arrest warrant. Ferguson turned for help to her Turkish friends in London, Arif “Arif” Efendi, son of Tevfik Arif, and Demirhan. Doyen drafted an apology letter addressed to Erdogan explaining the misunderstanding. The charges against Ferguson were subsequently dropped: https://theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT...&recType=story

    See Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Arif “Arif” Efendi in Yalta, Ukraine.
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    There are a lot of stories on the internet about Felix Sater, which portray Tevfik “Skip” Arif (born Tofic Arifov) as some sort of bit player. It looks like Arif is too big for jail, and effectively above the law, while Sater is nothing more than a gopher for the big shots.
    There are some stories in French about the money laundering Doyen Group, and in Turkish about the Arif family, but by far the best (or only) site in English I’ve found on Arif himself is the Blacksea site.
    This post is about the child trafficking charges against Tevfik Arif. I’ll also present some information on another paedophile sex ring to which Donald Trump was connected, Jeffrey Epstein, and the involvement of Robert Mueller in the “Franklin cover-up”...

    First some more on the child trafficking charges against Tevfik Arif in Turkey in 2010 (Arif has been a resident of New York City since the 1990s).
    On 28 September 2010, Arif was arrested by the Turkish police for running a prostitution ring onboard a luxury yacht. The 9 young women between 18 and 23 from Russia on board were suspected of being prostitutes.
    The yacht had been rented by the Kazakh-based billionaire and Belgian citizen Alexander Mashkevitch, the president of metal and mining Eurasian National Resources Corporation (ENRC) and a member of the World Jewish Congress. Mashkevitch was also a strategic partner with Bayrock, and a friend of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
    Among the other guests on board were Mashkevitch’s colleagues at ENRC, Patokh Chodiev and Alijan Ibragimov (together called the “Kazakh trio”, although they’re not Kazakhs). It was also reported that Telman Ismailov, a Kazakh-American businessman and senior aide to the Kazakh prime minister, was on board.

    The Turkish newspaper Vatan, reported that Kanat Saudabayev, secretary of state in Kazakhstan, was also on the yacht, which was quickly denied. Saudabayev has been a friend of Kazakh President Nazarbayev since 1968, and is a former Ambassador to Turkey, the UK and the USA. Saudabayev was a close associate of Mashkevitch, and according to Wikileaks cables had used Mashkevitch's homes in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan, to host visiting American dignitaries.

    A former employee of Alexander Mashkevitch said that:
    Mashkevitch and Bazhaev were sometimes talking everyday to each other. (…)
    Chodiev and Ibragimov don't like to work with him, but Mashkevitch is still in business with him.
    Bazhaev is close to none other than Vladimir Putin. Last year he was entertained at the Kremlin, where he presented a $46 million project for a sports and music centre in Bethlehem in the Occupied Territories. Putin spoke the following words to Bazhaev at this occasion:
    I congratulate you on this project. I think that people in Palestine will enjoy it and remember those who actually carried out the project.
    See Musa Bazhaev and Putin.


    Tevfik Arif was charged with trafficking girls as young as 15 for sex from modelling agencies in Russia, which he denied.
    In early 2010, the police was informed that Musa Celik and Gunduz Akdeniz were involved in providing underage prostitutes to rich clients. Gunduz was called “The Uncle”, Tevfik was “The Boss, and the girls were called “models”.
    The Uncle” would call Celik to supply teenagers from Russia (particularly, girls of 16 and younger).
    On 20 February 2010, Musa Celik asks Olga via SMS for women from Eastern Europe. Olga asks “Do you want all models for sex?”, to which Celik replies “Olga, client wants sex”.

    On 4 March 2010, Akdeniz asks Celik about a girl called Vasilisa “the one who is 15” and asks if her friends will also come to Turkey. The next day, Akdeniz tells him that “The Boss, demands more photos of better looking girls”.
    On 12 March, Akdeniz tells Celik that the price is raised from $1,000 to $1,500 for girls of 16 or younger.
    On 15 March, the cops stop a black 2005 Mercedes Vito on the suburbs of Belek. Tevfik Arif’s driver, Kemal Tokay, is transporting foreign girls, including the 15 year-old Vasilisa and 16 year-old German Stefania. Vasilisa and her friend later released a statement that they were not prostitutes.
    On 16 March, at the Rixos Premium Hotel the girls walk through the corridors without checking in. The receptionist demands information; Celik answers they are guests of Gunduz. During this time, Tevfik Arif stays at the hotel.

    After Gunduz informs Arif that he’s being watched by the police, they only hire and transport women over 18, which is still human trafficking according to Turkish law.
    In the trial, Tevfik and his gang are charged with trafficking girls under 18 to Turkey for prostitution. Tevfik and Akdeniz deny all accusations, but Celik admits:
    In March of 2010 I brought in very young girls. They were 16 or 17. I brought them in at Tevfik Arif’s request. To be precise, Gunduz Akdeniz phoned me with that request.
    On 11 April 2011, the court acquits Tevfik Arif, but Musa Celik, Gunduz Akdeniz and 2 others, are sentenced to 2 years in prison for “mediation in prostitution, finding a place and inducing to prostitution”: https://theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT...&recType=story
    (archived here: http://archive.is/QLNLU)


    This is the third time that I hear about a close associate of Donald Trump that sexually abused underage girls (beside Tevfik Arif, John Casablancas and Jeffrey Epstein).
    Jeffrey Epstein was a friend of both Donald Trump and the Clintons, and a member of the Mar-a-Lago, where he and Ghislaine Maxwell even recruited the underage Virginia Robert for their paedophile sex ring.
    After a yearlong investigation that started in 2005, 20 girls testified they were sexually abused between the ages of 14 and 17 by Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein made a deal, and only served 13 months in “prison” (6 nights a week and every Sunday). Part of the deal was that his powerful “friends”, including Prince Andrew that was even flown to visit Epstein in Donald Trump’s private jet, that abused children, got off the hook.
    The sweet deal was made with Alex Acosta (these days Trump’s Secretary of Labour): http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...=1#post6456881

    The following picture shows Nat Rothschild, the son of Baron Jacob Rothschild who dated Ivanka Trump before she got engaged with Jared Kushner, Nefer Suvio, Nick Rhodes and Ghislaine Maxwell at The Royal Albert Hall in July 2013.



    I had already learned that Robert Mueller is connected to the same Brian McCauley, who received $28,000 for “Consultancy” of the Inovo BV half a million paid to the Flynn Intel Group, but recently I’ve learned that Mueller has also been involved in the “Franklin cover-up”.
    In the 1980s a huge amount of children were sexually abused by a group that went all the way to Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. Larry King (not the TV-host) was used for a scapegoat: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...=1#post6349294
    Here’s the report compiled by the late FBI-agent Ted L. Gunderson, who sent letters to law enforcement agencies, knowing in advance that the scandal would be covered up: http://media1.7x.cz/files/media1:50f...ers+Report.pdf

    Here’s Robert Mueller’s reply to the 11 March 1992 letter by Gunderson, with the conclusion that there is “no evidence of misconduct by FBI personnel that would justify your charge of obstruction of justice”.
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    Here’s some more on Tevfik Arif (based on a long story from the Blacksea site)...
    Tevfik Arif (Tofic Arifov) moved to Turkey in 1993, and shortly after emigrated to the US with wife and children.

    Musa Bazhaev, head of Alliance Group in Russia, was also on the Savarona boat with the prostitutes in September 2010…
    Bazhaev inherited Alliance Group in 2000, after the death of his brother Zia (son-in-law of Nazarbayev). Bazhaev tried to get Mashkevich to join a possible oil deal between Alliance Group and CapFox Congo, owned by Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of Jacob Zuma (the South African president).
    See from left to right: Bazhaev, Alexander Mashkevich, and Tevfik Arif.


    Patokh Chodiev has said that the “Kazakh trio” (Chodiev, Mashkevich and Alijan Ibragimov) first met the London based billionaires, David and Simon Reuben, in the spring of 1992.
    Tevfik was recruited by the Trans World Group because of his good connections in Kazakhstan. Tevfik’s younger brother, Refik Arif, was senior manager at the Kazakh Ministry of Industry from 1991 to 1999.
    Trans World was started around 1991 by the Reubens and Uzbekistan-born Israeli oligarchs, Lev and Michael Cherney. It was the successor to Trans Commodities, an import/export business of the Ukrainian Semyon “Sam” Kislin, who employed the Cherneys in the late 1980s.

    Sam Kislin, who emigrated from the Soviet Union to the USA in the early 1970s, is part of the Solntsevskaya Russian (Yaponchik) mafia group based in New York of Vyacheslav Ivankov (according to FBI reports). Ivankov, who once owned a condo in Trump Tower, was the right hand man of Semion Mogilevich, who was considered one of the most powerful crime bosses in the Soviet Union. Ivankov was assassinated in Moscow in 2009.
    The “Kazakh trio” and the Reubens set up a network of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), including KazChrome. It is alleged that the Reubens and Cherneys hired contract killers to murder their competition in the aluminium sector.

    I can remember the Reuben brothers, who own the Millbank tower, from where the video of the see-through car that reportedly smashed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on 22 March was made.
    Millbank tower is home to the Henry Jackson Society (think tank), whose members include MP’s, former heads of British intelligence agencies, CFR, Homeland security, Israel, NATO, and former CIA-director James Woolsey...
    The Reuben brothers have contributed to a campaign of Boris Johnson (who was in the Bullingdon club with Nat Rothschild and David Cameron).


    Rixos owns 20 hotels across the world, mostly in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia and UAE, with an annual revenue of around half a billion euro. Sembol is one of Turkey’s leading construction companies; its turnover is estimated at nearly $1.5 billion, mostly through public contracts in Kazakhstan, and also building 4 Rixos hotels. Secret documents disclosed by Football Leaks show that by a hidden arrangement Tevfik Arif owns a majority share in Rixos and Sembol.
    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) decrees that a new committee will decide on investments, which includes Tevfik, Fettah Tamince, Mutlu Simayli, and Eugene Jaffe of Salford Capital Partners. Salford is a London based investment firm that was reputedly owned by the deceased oligarchs Badri Patarkatsishvili (from Georgia) and Boris Berezovsky (from Russia). In 2010 and 2011, the Arifs provided Berezovsky – under his alias “Platon Elenin” - with 2 unsecured loans totalling 6.5 million GBP (around 8 million Euros).
    In the mid-2000s, Felix Sater became a senior advisor to Rixos and Sembol, a position he still holds.
    On the Rixos board is the Ukrainian Igor Gumenyuk, an associate of Rinat Akhmetov, owner of the Shaktar Donetsk soccer team.

    Bayrock Capital was housed in the Trump Towers in New York. Tevfik appointed Burak Yeneroglu as president of Bayrock. Yeneroglu lives in a mansion opposite Tevfik in Miami. Yeneroglu raised $652,000 for Obama's re-election campaign.
    The Sapir Organization, owned by Georgian property developer Sapir Tamir, partnered with Bayrock. Sapir and Sam Kislin were guests at the weddings of Tevfik’s children - along with the Kazakh trio, Musa Bazhaev, the Reuben brothers, Telman Ismailov, and Leonid Bilunov (reportedly a Russian mobster operating from Monaco).

    In March 2012, Ali Demirhan introduced Doyen Capital's vice president, Tevfik Eren to Sadik Albayrak (father of Berat Albayrak) Murat Ulgen (CEO of Besiktas), and Ali Agaoglu (a real estate magnate close to Erdogan). Agaoglu has been accused of bribing Bilal Erdogan, by donating millions to his education foundation Turgev.

    There was also an obvious fraud involving Doyen Natural Resources (DNR) based in Panama, Efendi Arif's Lomisa Trust and Kamelot Enerji (Doyen’s Turkish coal company) – all 3 Arif companies.
    DNR bought coal for around $180 per tonne, and then traded it to Kamelot for ten dollars more. Kamelot’s financial records for 2014 and 2015 show millions in losses, while continuing to buy and sell coal. DNR's Credit Suisse statements show millions being paid into the family’s trusts, including the Carlyle Trust, based in the BVI that owns the London mansion.
    The profits should have been taxed in Britain or Turkey, but DNR was quickly liquidated, when the money had disappeared.
    In 2012, Gubre Gida Kimya (GGK, also part of the Doyen Group) purchased Kamelot Enerji for $12.1 million: https://theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT...&recType=story
    (archived here: http://archive.fo/nzDL3)


    Starting in August 2014, DNR began gifting money to Lomisa. A letter shows that DNR “gifted an additional amount of USD $41,100,000.00 (forty one million one hundred thousand US dollars)” to Lomisa Trust, which brings "the total amount gifted to the Trust to $46.100.000.00”.
    The mentioned Eristavi Limited is a Guernsey-based company owned by the Lomisa Trust.
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    Default Football money laundering

    It’s good to know that at least somebody appreciates this thread.
    I don’t promise anything, but after this post; I’ve got another one prepared, which I expect to be my last addition to this thread for some time.

    Real estate is of course used to launder money, but professional team sports – like soccer – can do this much faster.
    This can be done especially fast when transfer prices for players are inflated. At this moment even millions of Euros are paid for “average” players.

    In 2008, the hedge fund Doyen Group of the Arif family began “investing” in professional football. Doyen Sports Investments Limited, of the Doyen Group, is very active in financing Third-Party Ownership (TPO) of contracts for soccer players.
    Nélio Freire Lucas founded Doyen Sports in 2011, and describes this process as "Third Party Investment". As opposed to TPO, which has recently been banned by the FIFA.
    From 2011 to 2016, Doyen invested €170 million in association football.
    Doyen Sports lends money to professional football clubs for transfers. The club has 3 years to repay its debt, if they can’t they are forced to resell the players. Doyen gets a percentage of the transfer. In this way Doyen (and affiliated funds and club owners) can keep on inflating the prices indefinitely (controlling both the selling and the buying club)…

    Doyen Group's financial division, Doyen Capital LLP, is based in London. Doyen Capital has the same address as Doyen Group and is headed by Nélio Lucas, Simon Oliveira, and Matthew Kay.
    Doyen Capital LLP is the origin of funding for Doyen Sports and Doyen Sports Investments Limited, which has 4 shareholders: Malik Ali; Claudio Tonolla (Swiss investor, residing in Malta); Nelio Lucas and Ali Lüftü Ethem Kadirgan.
    The main investors of the Doyen Group remain anonymous, except for three people:
    - Fettah Tamince, a relative of Turkish President Erdogan, who owns Star Media Group and the hotel chain Rixos (together with Tevfik Arif);
    - Erick Thohir, an Indonesian billionaire who bought Inter Milan;
    - Tevfik Arif.

    Nélio Lucas owns 20% of the Doyen Group subsidiary Doyen Natural Resources through shell corporations in tax havens.
    The nucleus of shareholders at Doyen Group are, Tevfik Arif and 3 of his sons: Refik (Doyen Capital LLP and Doyen Global Limited); Efendi (Doyen Capital Services Limited) and Kemal (Doyen Capital).
    Benington Group Assets also holds 80% of the shares of Doyen Sports Investments Limited.

    Doyen Sports reportedly paid €10.8 million in secret commissions for the transfer of various players (including the French Kondogbia and Mangala and the Colombian Radamel Falcao), using shell companies. According to Football Leaks, the companies Rixos, Denos and PMCI, are used: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doyen_Group
    (archived here: http://archive.fo/LVvLV)


    The Blacksea site (again) has an interesting story on the transfer of Kondogbia.
    Sevilla only wished to sell the Frenchman for 20 million Euros, and Fifa rules prohibit investment funds from influencing transfers.
    In August 2013, Nelio Lucas arranged a party in Miami, involving prostitutes, to convince Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, to buy Kondogbia for 20 million Euros. The location was the Arif residence on Fisher Island, a short distance from Miami Beach.
    The transfer to Real didn’t work out, and it was Monaco that paid the 20 million for Kondogbia.
    Lucas texted to Arif “Great deal for us”, Arif replied: “Congrats bro!!!!!!!”.

    The transfer gave Doyen Sport a net profit of 7.8 million Euros, a return on its initial “investment” of 524% in only one year (that’s money laundering in a fast way…).
    One year after the transfers, Lucas used the Denos limited shell company, registered in Ras al-Khaimah (part of the United Arab Emirates). On 17 July 2014, Doyen Sports paid 1.3 million Euro to Denos, 785,865 Euro for the transfer of Kondogbia and 533,190 Euro for Falcao. The Football Leaks documents don’t reveal to whom the money ultimately went.

    In December 2014, Italian football agent Gianluca Fiorini filed a complaint, in which he accused Doyen Sports of committing “grave abuse” in Kondogbia’s transfer to Monaco because it controlled both the player’s agent and the agent for then Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri.
    Fiorini said Spanish agent Juan Manuel Lopez (who was Kondogbia’s agent) had “invested” in Doyen Sports, just like his Italian colleague Giuseppe Bozzo, who was Ranieri’s agent. Lopez is one of Nelio Lucas’s professional collaborators, and Bozzo has been appointed by Nelio Lucas as the exclusive representative for Doyen Sports in Italy.
    Fifa also suspected that a secret payment of 500,000 Euro was made during Kondogbia’s transfer from French club Lens to Sevilla in 2012.
    At the beginning of 2016, the Fifa sentenced Sevilla to a formal warning and a fine of 55,000 Swiss francs. Sevilla appealed the sentence: https://theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT...&recType=story
    (archived here: http://archive.fo/Ej9CI)


    Here is Donald Trump with Tevfik and Efendi Arif.
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